Sept. 28, 2013
Junior Jacqueline Skeen had a match-high 10 kills in just 14 swings to lead Siena to its fourth straight MAAC win to start the season Saturday at Niagara. Taylor Akana added eight kills and Haley Howell handed out 35 assists in the three-set (25-21, 25-13 and 25-21) sweep.
The Saints (5-9, 4-0) are the only unbeaten team in the MAAC. Sunday's opponent Canisius lost in straight sets to Marist at home today.
The first set was tied 10-10 before the Saints reeled off seven of nine points to take command. Siena jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set and never looked back to seize control of the match. Meghann Wright led a mini 3-0 run in the decisive third set with the score tied at 13-13, and the Saints scored four of the final six points to close out the match.
Siena was balanced on offense as they have been throughout MAAC play. Rachel Stoklosa had a very efficient match with six kills in just nine attacks and Wright added six kills on the right side.
But Skeen was the story of the match. In addition to her 10 kills and .643 attack percentage, she was a part of seven of Siena's nine blocks. Niagara managed just six blocks as a team.
Siena libero Bobbi Lin Kalama led all players with 16 digs and added two aces. Kalama has emerged as one of the top serving threats on the team early in her career.
Amanda Sedore led Niagara with nine kills. The Purple Eagles saw their streak of three-straight MAAC Championships snapped last season, but they've won just one of their 14 matches this year and fell to 0-3 in the MAAC.
Siena will face a stiff test at Canisius Sunday at 1 p.m. The Griffs had won five straight matches before losing to the Red Foxes.