Saints Defeat Stony Brook in First Round of Holiday Inn Express Classic

Sept. 8, 2001


Stony Brook, NY - - The Siena volleyball team (4-1) defeated Stony Brook University, 3-2, in a nail-biter at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational Friday night. In the first match, Holy Cross (5-0) defeated Quinnipiac (1-3), 3-1.

Falkenberg had a career-best 27 kills and also had 10 digs, but Stony Brook made 84 unforced errors - more than half of Siena's 139 points totaled - in falling, 36-34, 27-30, 30-19, 31-33, 15-10.

Stony Brook held a 28-25 lead in game one, but three attack errors and a service ace helped Siena tie the game at 29-29. Falkenberg's attack error gave the Saints game one.

An attack error by Sarah Watkins allowed Stony Brook an 18-12 advantage in the second game. Siena closed to within 23-22 but could never erase the deficit completely.

Game three was all Siena, as they capitalized on 17 Seawolves errors in the game to reap the rewards of a 30-19 decision.

A 10-0 run in game four erased an 11-9 lead for the Seawolves and it looked as though the Saints would coast to the game and match victory. Three straight service aces by freshman Valerie Maloy put the icing on a 21-10 run and the Seawolves were in business. Rachel Goldsmith took one of her 16 kills on the night to close the game and force game five.

Following a 3-3 tie in game five, Siena went to work, scoring five straight - four on Seawolves attack errors. Falkenberg's 26th kill of the night made it 9-6, but that's as close as the Pack could get.

Siena received tremendous performances from Diana Wierzba (15 kills, 15 digs), Sarah Watkins (44 assists, 13 digs) and Lauren Weber (20 kills, 16 digs).

Susanne Westing had 15 digs for Stony Brook and Valerie Maloy collected 15 kills, 17 digs and six service aces.

In the first match of the night, Holy Cross erased a 1-1 games tie with a valiant third game performance and went on to beat Quinnipiac, 30-18, 23-30, 30-24, 30-28. Cheryl Jakielo had 20 kills and, more impressively, hit .621 in the match, committing just two errors in 29 attempts. She also had 12 digs. Quinnipiac was led by Heather Wollyung's 20 kills and Heather Grutta's 16 digs.



The Crusaders hit .269 as a team in the match and won for the fifth straight time to open the season.

Stony Brook battles Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Quinnipiac at 3:00 p.m. The Saints tangle with Quinnipiac at 1:00 p.m. and Holy Cross at 3:00 p.m.