The Siena volleyball team fended off Head Coach Garvey Pierre's alma mater theUniversity of Montreal in five sets Friday night in the opening round of play at the Colgate Invitational. Setter Sarah Sivertson finished with 38 assists and 10 digs.
The Saints coasted to a 25-13 win in the first set, but lost convincing 25-15 and 25-18 decisions in sets two and three before rallying to win the fourth 25-19 and the fifth 15-11.
Taylor Akana led all players with 17 kills and added three aces and eight digs. Rachel Stoklosa had 17 kills, and Colleen Ahearn killed nine of her 20 attacks in the middle.
The two teams combined for 78 errors, with Siena missing on 32 attacks, and Montreal misfiring on 12 serves.
Lesli Akeo posted 25 digs - 15 more than any other player for either team. Montreal controlled the action at the net, holding a decisive 13-2 advantage in blocks.
Marie-Sophie Nadeu and Pamela Drapeau combined for half of the Carabins 48 kills.
Siena has won three straight, though Friday's match does not count toward the team's final record or statistics. The Saints face Princeton at 10 a.m. and Colgate at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers defeated the Raiders 3-1 on Friday. Siena topped Princeton in five sets last weekend in the Hofstra Invitational.