Sept. 12, 2013
The Siena volleyball team dropped two straight-set decisions to national volleyball powers Thursday in College Station, Texas. The Saints started the day with a hard-fought 3-0 (25-14, 25-23 and 25-17) loss to host Texas A&M and then dropped a 3-0 (25-18, 25-9 and 25-17) to #14 Florida State in the Aggie Invitational.
Siena plays #6 Michigan (1-7) Friday at noon, its final match of the Tournament.
The Saints played one of their top matches of the season and took away plenty of positives from their loss to the Aggies. Sophomore Meghann Wright and senior Taylor Akana each had eight kills and junior Rachel Stoklosa chipped in six. Freshman setter Haley Howell played her best match so far, distributing 22 assists in front of friends and family who made the trip from Arizona to Texas.
The highlight of the match was a dead-tight second set that was tied 22-22 before Texas A&M won three of the final four points to pull out the narrow 25-23 win. Siena trailed just 17-15 in the third set, before bowing 25-17.
Siena hit a very respectable .209 as a team, including .366 in the second set. Texas A&M was eighth among schools receiving votes in this week's AVCA top-25 poll.
The Saints got deep into double figures in the opening set against the nationally ranked Seminoles later in the day. They trailed just 18-16 before Florida State rallied to win seven of the final nine points to take the set. After a convincing 25-9 FSU win in the second set, Siena managed 17 points in the third.
Akana led Siena with six kills and freshman libero Bobbi Lin Kalama had seven digs.