Volleyball Splits at Season Opening Hofstra Invitational

Taylor Akana led the Saints with 24 combined kills in the two matches

Sep 1, 2013

Coppin State Match Final Stats

Hofstra Match Final Stats

Siena Volleyball opened its 2013 campaign Sunday, splitting a pair of matches at the Hofstra Invitational. The Saints won the opener 3-1 over Coppin State (25-14, 19-25, 25-15, 25-19) before being swept by the host Pride 3-0 in the nightcap (16-25, 21-25, 21-25).

Aside from a second set hiccup, the Saints (1-1) had little problem dispatching Coppin State (1-2). Siena rebounded to race out to a 13-3 lead in cruising to win the third set and never trailed in the fourth and final set. The only Achilles heel for the Saints was 15 service errors and the team committed 26 combined in the two matches.

Senior CLASS Award candidate and Preseason All-MAAC selection Taylor Akana led the Saints with 16 kills, while freshman setter Haley Howell posted 40 assists in her collegiate debut.

Kandace Thomas was one of two Eagles with a team-high eight kills and was a part of seven of Coppin State's 11 total team blocks.

Against Hofstra (4-0), the final score was not indicative of a match that featured 20 ties and 12 lead changes. The teams were tied 12-12 in the first set before the Pride won eight of the next nine points to pull away. Siena and Hofstra were tied late - 18-18 in the second set and 17-17 in the third set - but the Saints could never pull ahead.

Meghann Wright paced the Saints with 13 kills in the nightcap. The sophomore outside hitter was efficient, posting a .650 attack percentage without committing an error. For the day she tallied 21 kills and an impressive .514 attack percentage.

Rachel Stoklosa added nine kills and seven digs for the Saints while Howell dished out 30 more assists for a 10.0 assists per set average through her first two collegiate matches.



Kelsie Wills killed 16 of her attacks for Hofstra which has won all 12 of its sets to far this season.

Siena will remain in the city overnight and play at St. John's tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Labor Day match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.