Aug. 31, 2001
Hamilton, N.Y.-The Siena College volleyball team (2-0) opened its season Friday night with convincing victories over the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of California at Riverside. The Saints defeated UNCG 3-0 and UC Riverside 3-1 in the first day of action at the Colgate Classic in Hamilton, N.Y.
Sophomore Lauren Weber led the offensive attack for the Saints, recording 19 kills in the two matches. Weber also notched a team-high 37 defensive digs. Junior Jennifer Corkum tallied 14 kills on the day, while freshman Diana Wierzba and sophomore Kerry Pease each had 11.
Siena dominated the Greensboro match, taking the first game 30-27 and the second and third 30-14 and 30-22 respectively. The game marked the first played under the NCAA's new rally scoring system which allows for a point to be scored following each volley. As a result, Corkum, who had nine kills and two blocks was directly responsible for 11 Siena points. Weber tallied seven kills and Wierzba had six for the victors.
The Saints did find the road to victory quite as easy in the nightcap. After UC-Riverside jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 30-14 victory in game one, the Saints battled back to earn hard fought wins in each of the final three games, including a 31-29 nail-biter in game two. Weber came up huge in the triumph, connecting on over 36% of her 22 hitting attempts (12 kills). Classmate Kerry Pease enjoyed a fine game as well, landing seven kills on 25 attempts.
Senior setter Sarah Watkins also played extremely well in the Saints debut. The 5-10 floor general compiled 59 assists and 18 digs in Siena's two big wins.
The Saints return to action tomorrow in an attempt to win the Tournament Championship. The Green and Gold will take on Fordham University and host Colgate in afternoon matches.