Marist Holds Off Siena in MAAC Volleyball Opener
Oct. 1, 2003
Five Marist (7-13/1-0 MAAC) players registered double figures in kills and another five recorded 10 digs or more, as the Red Foxes held off a stubborn Siena (2-11/0-1 MAAC) rally in the crucial third game before pulling away for a 3-1 victory in Loudonville Wednesday evening. The Saints were victimized by their own doing, committing an insurmountable 21 service errors over the four games.
Seven of those costly miscues came in the first game as Marist emerged with a 30-24 win. Christina Brozek and Amy Gillespie tied for the team lead with 15 kills in a victorious effort for the visitors and each had a solid effort in the opening game. The Saints rallied to take the second game by a comfortable 30-23 score. Senior Lauren Weber led Siena in both kills and digs with 18 and 17 respectively, but struggled with her serve all night, ultimately accounting for six of the 21 service errors.
Marist raced to a 10-2 lead in the third game before Siena hustled back to eventually tie the score at 21-21. Eight points later, the Saints had taken a 27-23 lead and appeared poised for an inspiring come-from-behind win in the rubber game. Sally Hanson had other thoughts however, notching three of her 11 kills to help the Red Foxes battle back to earn a 31-29 win. Hanson connected on 44% of her 23 attacks.
The fourth game was dead even halfway through with each team having tallied 15 points. Marist, however, won 15 of the next 23 points to coast to a 30-23 victory.
Sophomore middle blocker Liz Hubbard recorded 12 kills, three aces and three blocks in a solid effort for Siena. Freshman setter Katie Borrett also played well, registering 51 of the team's 59 assists. Libero Katie Lux paced the Marist defense with a game-high 26 digs and setter Meghan Cochrane was on the assist end of 53 of the Red Foxes 68 kills.
Siena returns to action Saturday afternoon as they host Qunnipiac at 1 p.m.