Oct. 2, 2004
Christie Gustafson's game-high 23rd kill was the match's most vital, as she pounded the final point of the afternoon on the hardwood to complete Siena's 3-2 volleyball comeback over Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon in Loudonville. The Saints rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the final two games 32-30 and 15-13.
Three other Saints with double figure kills joined Gustafson. Senior captain Diana Wierzba continued her strong play with 18 kills and Amy Christensen and Liz Hubbard added 15 and 13 respectively. Kalyn Hundley, who recorded 17 kills, and Amoi Alawoya, who had 11 kills and a game-high 20 digs, led Quinnipiac.
Siena posted big overall statistical advantages despite trailing for the majority of the match. The Saints had 79 kills compared to just 55 for the visitors and held a 68-62 edge in digs. Quinnipiac took advantage of 35 attack errors and 16 service errors to build the early lead.
The Bobcats earned a 30-27 win in the first game, and then the two teams traded 30-23 victories. The dramatic fourth game was a seesaw battle in which Siena built a four-point lead, but Quinnipiac rallied to take a 26-25 advantage. Gustafson's serving kept Siena on track to force a fifth game.
The sophomore standout had five services aces.
In the fifth game, Siena again jumped out to an early lead, holding an 8-5 advantage when the team's switched sides. Quinnipiac rallied to first tie the game at 11-11 before Siena took a 14-12 lead. After Quinnipiac won a side-out, Head Coach Garvey Pierre called a timeout to set a play for Gustafson who delivered with the match's final point.
Siena, winners of two straight games, is now 5-8 on the season. Quinnipiac falls to 2-11.
The Saints begin MAAC play at Marist on Wednesday.