Sep 6, 2013
Siena dropped two 3-0 decisions on the opening day of play at the K-State Invitational Friday. The Saints lost 3-0 (25-17, 25-18 and 25-22) to Southern Illinois and 3-0 (27-25, 25-13 and 25-13) to Southeast Missouri State (SEMO).
The Saints got stronger as the match went on against Southern Illinois, and held a commanding 18-11 lead in the third set before the Salukis closed the match on a 14-4 run.
Siena used 12 players in its first match, and several contributed. Christina Monroe came off the bench to kill three of her five attacks and Nyah Bonilla scored on two of her three swings. Freshman setter Haley Howell had 21 assists and Meghann Wright was second on the team with six kills.
The first set was extremely competitive with the two teams exchanging 12 straight points until SEMO scored the final two to take the 27-25 win. The Redhawks used a 12-2 run to break open the second set and won the final five points of the match to take the third by the same 25-13 score.
Wright led the Saints with eight kills and added 10 digs, and Rachel Stoklosa joined Skeen with seven kills in the second match of the day. Howell had 25 assists and classmate Bobbi Lin Kalama led Siena with 13 digs.
The Saints have dropped four consecutive straight-set decisions after winning their opener 3-1 over Coppin State. They face their toughest test to date at 2 p.m. Saturday when they square off with host Kansas State at 2 p.m.