Siena Volleyball played in the first day of the Valley Forge Sports Invitational at the University of Pennsylvania and fell in both matchups against Robert Morris and Penn. The Saints fell 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18) to Robert Morris before falling 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-21) to tournament host Penn.
Match One vs. Robert Morris - RMU 3 - Siena 0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18)
Siena opened up the Penn-LaSalle Tournament against Robert Morris. This is the first time in program history the two programs have met.
Dakota Jackson led the Saints (0-5) with 11 kills, while picking up six digs. Nicole Deobler recorded nine kills, two service aces and seven digs for Siena. Tyla Parker dished out 27 assists for Siena.
Emma Granger tallied 11 kills for Robert Morris (4-6). Brianna Frakes notched a double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs.
Siena went out quick and early with a 5-1 lead, but RMU responded with a 9-3 run which forced the Saints to use their first timeout of the set. Siena was never able to cut the deficit fewer than two in the frame as the Colonials continued to push ahead. RMU was able to hold off the Saints and take the first set 25-17.
The Saints were up 21-20 in the second set and forced the Colonials to take a timeout. It then continued to be a back and forth exchange of points as both teams fought to get to 25 first. With RMU up 24-23, Siena used their timeout. Deobler then recorded a kill from Parker to tie the set 24-24. The Colonials picked up the next two points off of kills to take the second set 26-24.
RMU and the Saints battled through the start of the third set. The Colonials held a 15-13 advantage before taking the next four points to lead 19-13. The Saints were able to chip away at the lead, but the Colonials closed out the set and match with a 25-18 win.
Match Two at Penn: Penn 3 - Siena 0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-21)
Siena took on tournament host Penn to end their first day at the Valley Forge Sports Tournament hosted by Penn and La Salle. Penn was able to sweep the Saints 3-0 in the match. Deobler and Jackson led the Saints (0-7) with eight kills a piece. Parker dished out 17 assists for Siena, while picking up four digs.
Parker Jones led the Quakers with a double-double of 11 kills and 13 digs. Sydney Morton dished out 30 assists in the victory.
The Saints and Quakers were all tied up 5-5 before Penn went on a 8-0 run to take a 13-5 lead. Siena picked up the next point, but with one kills, a service ace, service error and ball handling error the Quakers were able to take a quick 17-6 lead. Penn held off the Saints 25-12 in the first set.
Penn took off right away in the second set and never looked back. Siena was able to cut the deficit to two, 14-12, but Penn would never give up the lead. The Quakers took the final five points of the set to take the 25-15 victory.
Siena jumped off to a quick start in the third set looking for a victory. The Saints led 11-8 before Penn called a timeout. Siena went on a 5-0 run to take a 17-11 lead before the Quakers used their final timeout of the set. Penn used that time out and came right back to tie the set up 17-17. It was an exchange of points back and forth before the Quakers took the final three points to take the set 25-21.
Siena will end their time at the Valley Forge Sports Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. when the Saints face La Salle.