LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Volleyball came down from behind two sets to take the 3-2 (21-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15-9) victory over Manhattan. The Saints have won eight of the last 10 against the Jaspers.
Junior right side, Antonija Ivanovic led the Saints (1-16, 1-5 MAAC) with 18 kills and 13 dis. Both Dakota Jackson and Samantha Pethokoukis tallied 11 kills. Jessica Eblin dished out 51 assists, while Jojo Ishida recorded 25 digs.
Casey Monroe and Sandra Lozanova tallied nine kills a piece for Manhattan (0-17, 0-5 MAAC). As a team, the Jaspers tallied 10 team blocks coming from two solo and 16 block assists.
Right from the first serve the match proved it would be a battle between the league foes. Both teams went back and forth exchanging points until the set was tied 18-18. Behind the serving of Lozanova, the Jaspers went on a 6-0 run that included four kills to take a 24-18 advantage. However, the Saints did not give up and came right back, but it would be Manhattan that would take the first set 25-21.
It was a tight beginning to the second set, but Reyn Hoffman of Manhattan notched two service aces to put the Jaspers up 7-3 early in the frame. The Saints put their best swings forward, but late in the set Hoffman again got behind the line and put the Jaspers up 20-12. Siena would again try to make a comeback, but would fall in the second set 25-19.
The third set would mirror the first set where neither team could take a lead. After being tied at 11, Tyla Parker pushed the Saints ahead 15-11. Manhattan began their comeback, but not before Ishida stepped behind the line to serve and put the Saints on a 3-0 run that pushed their lead 21-14. After Manhattan took their 15th point off a bad set by Siena, the Saints would close out the set with two kills from Pethokoukis and an ace from Eblin for the 25-15 victory.
Just like she had done in the third set, Eblin came out strong in the fourth frame and put the Saints back in the set 13-13. Camila Davila would then take her turn in the rotation and after three service aces and two kills from Ivanovic, the Saints led 18-14. The Jaspers would come right back into the set and tie it up at 23. However, Pethokoukis tallied a kill and then recorded a block with Ivanovic to force a fifth set for the second straight match.
The Saints got right into the fifth set seeing that conference victory and Eblin's serving put Siena up 5-0. The Jaspers would claw their ways back and trailed just 7-6. Siena led 11-9 before Ishida served. Manhattan would have two attack errors and then the freshman libero would dump the ball in the middle of the court to give the Saints their first MAAC win of the season 15-9.
Siena heads on the road to take on Rider in Lawrenceville, New Jersey on Saturday, October 7. First serve is set for 1 p.m.