Siena Volleyball completed the come from behind victory 3-2 (24-26, 16-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-11) against Saint Peter’s. Siena beat the Peacocks in both matchups last season.
Junior outside hitter Antonija Ivanovic led all players with 21 kills. She had just five errors for a .444 attack percentage. Dakota Jackson and Karli Rodriguez added 15 and 10 kills, respectively. Jessica Eblin dished out 53 of the Saints (2-17, 2-6 MAAC) 66 assists.
Kali Viles tallied 16 kills for Saint Peter’s (0-19, 0-9 MAAC), while Kenyale McGinnis added 10. The Peacocks recorded eight service aces, with three different players recording two a piece.
After a tight back and forth beginning to the match, the Peacocks took the lead after three kills by different Saint Peter’s players and three attack error by the Saints to go up15-9. However, Behind the serving of Ivanovic, the Saints came back and trailed just 19-18. Siena would keep it close and came back again and tied it up 22-22. An attack error by the Saints led to the Peacocks taking the first set 26-24.
Saint Peter’s jumped out to an early lead in the second set and held on in the frame 13-8 before the Saints were forced to call a timeout. Siena would make an effort to come back but would trail 14-8. The Peacocks went on a 4-0 run to lead 22-14 and would ultimately take the second set 25-16.
Siena came out of the intermission ready to begin their comeback took off quickly in the third set. Behind the serving of Jojo Ishida the Saints took a 9-6 lead. After trailing 21-17, the Peacocks came right back in the game with three kills from Viles to put them down just 21-20. Siena called a timeout and quickly took back control and won the set 25-22.
In the fourth frame, neither team would take a lead as both just exchanged points. Siena went up 19-15 before Saint Peter’s followed their third set trail and would finish their run down just 19-18. However, the Saints took the next six points, behind the serving of Eblin, to take the fourth set victory and force a fifth set.
Saint Peter’s quickly took a 5-3 lead in the fifth set, but Justin Torre stepped behind the line and Ivanovic would recorded three straight kills to put the Saints ahead 7-5. Siena continued to add onto their lead and completed the comeback with a 15-11 victory over the Peacocks.
Siena will head back to the Capital Region and host Quinnipiac on Saturday, October 14. First serve is set for 1 p.m.