LOUDONVILLE, NY - Fairfield extended their MAAC unbeaten streak as they held off the Saints 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18). The Stags are now 4-3 in the last seven meetings against the Saints.
In the first set, the score was tied 10 times and the lead changed five times. It was a back-and-forth set until Fairfield (15-5, 8-0 MAAC) went on a 4-0 run to take a 17-12 lead. It was that point in the set that the Stags would not look back. Fairfield took the first set 25-17.
Siena would never hold the advantage in the second set. While the set started off with an exchange of points, Fairfield was able to keep their advantage throughout. Two Siena attack errors and two Fairfield kills lead to a Stag 15-7 lead. Siena did not quit. They continued to fight and behind the serving of Bobbi Lin Kalama they were able to tie the set 22-22. They got to that point by three kills from Annie Stock and one attack error by Fairfield. Fairfield then took the three points and took the second set 25-22.
While Fairfield struck first in the third set to take a 8-6 lead, Siena would not give up. Again behind the serving of Kalama, the Saints were able to go on a 6-0 run for a 14-11 lead. Siena would not give up this lead as they looked to hand Fairfield their first conference loss of the season. The Stags chipped away at the lead but the Saints would not falter. Siena continued to attack and won the third set 25-19.
Siena came out strong in fourth set with a 5-2 lead. The Stags then went on a 16-1 to lead 18-6. The Saints did not give up and continued to chip away at the lead. It would be a battle for the conference foes and Fairfield would come out on top with a 25-18 win in the fourth set.
Briana Flagg notched a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. Sonja Vasovic added 10 kills for the Saints. Bobbi Lin Kalama led the Saints with 25 assists while Haley Howell added 18. Kalehua Katagiri dished out 31 digs in the loss.
Siena continues their three-match homestand as they host Saint Peter's on Saturday, Oct. 8th. First serve is set for 1 p.m.