Sept. 29, 2013
Taylor Akana and Meghann Wright combined for 38 kills as the Siena volleyball team rallied past Canisius 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22 and 15-9) Sunday, capping off a remarkable week in conference play. The Saints improved to 5-0 in the MAAC with the dramatic comeback.
Akana led all players with 20 kills, but her fifth set serving was the difference in the match. After the teams switched sides in the race to 15 with Siena trailing 8-6, Akana led a 6-0 run that turned the tide.
Siena dominated the match statistically, controlling a 65-41 advantage in kills, a 59-37 edge in assists and a 69-39 lead in digs. Canisius out-blocked Siena 16-7.
The Griffs broke free from a 9-9 tie in the first set, using an 8-1 run to take command. Siena closed the second set strong behind Haley Howell's serve to even the match, but Canisius won the third 25-18. The Saints never trailed in the fourth set, but led just 23-22 when Howell closed out the set with an assist to Akana and an ace.
Freshman Bobbi Lin Kalama continued her development at libero, registering a career and match-high 27 digs. Classmate Briana Flagg had five kills, seven digs and four aces. Flagg has seen increased playing time, and responded to the opportunity.
Wright nearly finished with a triple-double, posting 18 kills, nine digs and eight assists. Howell dished out 49 assists and added nine digs.
Lauren Siebert led Canisius with 10 kills and seven blocks.
The win was Siena's third road triumph of the week. The Saints knocked off preseason favorite Fairfield on the road Wednesday and won in straight sets at Niagara yesterday. Canisius was picked third in the preseason MAAC poll, and entered the weekend on a five-match win streak.