Sept. 14, 2002
The Siena College women's volleyball team (3-5) rallied from four points down late in the decisive fifth game Saturday afternoon to capture a dramatic 3-2 non-conference win over Central Connecticut State University (2-6). Lauren Weber (Sayville, N.Y./Connetquot) had 39 kills and 24 digs to pace the Saints' attack.
Siena won the first game easily 30-23, before the Blue Devils fought back to win the second 30-28. The Saints held on for a 30-27 win in game three, but gave up a late lead and dropped the fourth 18-16.
Weber was the focal point of the Siena offense all afternoon, recording a career-high 86 attacks. She was aided in the middle by the return of senior Jennifer Corkum (Newtown, Conn./Newtown), who had 10 kills in just 23 attacks. Sophomore Diana Wierzba notched 21 digs to solidify Siena's defense and junior Amanda Carrk added 17.
Jennifer Cote had 22 kills and Karolina Wytrykowska chipped in 17 in a losing effort for Central Connecticut. Each had 21 digs accounting for nearly half of the Blue Devils' total. CCSU out-blocked Siena at the net 16-13.
Down 13-9 in the fifth game, Wierzba served four straight winners for the Green and Gold to even the score. Weber won the match will an attack from the left side of the court.
The Saints return to Philadelphia next week to take part in the annual Villanova Wildcat Classic. Siena will next be in action at home on Wednesday, September 25 against Farleigh Dickenson University.