Sept. 23, 2012
The Siena volleyball team dominated Manhattan in every statistical category, but the Saints shot themselves in the foot all afternoon in a disappointing five-set loss (20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21 and 15-13) in Riverdale.
The difference in the match was Siena's mistakes. The Saints had an astounding 48 errors - 33 hitting errors and 15 serving errors. Siena was also whistled for two critical red cards, one coming in the decisive fifth set.
Siena won the first two sets 25-20 and 25-19, and appeared on its way to a second consecutive comfortable road league win before the wheels fell off. After committing just eight attack errors in the first two sets combined, Siena had 11 in the third and nine in the fourth, allowing Manhattan to tie the match with successive 25-21 wins. The Lady Jaspers pulled out a 15-13 win in the fifth set to clinch the match.
Rachel Stoklosa finished off a strong week with a monster double-double. She matched teammate Colleen Ahearn with a match-high 17 kills, and added 19 digs. Stoklosa's only blemish came on the service where she had five of the Saints' 15 serving errors. Ahearn and Jacqueline Skeen were steady in the middle, posting 32 combined kills and just eight errors.
Setter Sarah Sivertson did her best to get everyone involved, finishing with 61 assists compared to just 40 for Manhattan's setter. Sivertson was also a force at the net, finishing with seven block assists.
Libero Lesli Akeo joined the 30-dig club for the fourth time this season, leading all players with 32 digs for Siena. Taylor Akana had another double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs, but she also had 13 attack errors.
Siena held a 71-45 edge in kills and an 84-77 advantage in digs.
Sydney Volovski had 13 kills to pace Manhattan.
Siena returns home to face UAlbany Thursday in a match that will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports, and Marist on Saturday.