Oct. 9, 2013
Taylor Akana (5) and Kiara Pierre (5) combined for 10 of Siena's season-high 20 aces in a 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 25-27 and 25-14) MAAC win over Quinnipiac Wednesday night in Hamden, Conn. The Saints improved to 6-1 in MAAC play with the victory, tying Manhattan atop the league standings.
Akana added 17 kills and nine digs and Rachel Stoklosa killed 12 of her 19 attacks to pace Siena's offense.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first set, Meghann Wright served Siena to six straight points and Quinnipiac never recovered. Wright finished with three aces on the match, as did freshmen Haley Howell and Bobbi Lin Kalama. Kalama led all players in digs for the sixth straight match, finishing with 18. Akana had four of final five kills in the first set, and the Saints finished 17 of their 27 attacks as a team (.481) in the initial race to 25.
Siena took a commanding 2-0 lead in the match with a convincing 25-18 win in the second set. The Saints went on a 7-1 run late in the set behind the service of Pierre and Howell. Howell handed out 44 assists and killed both her attacks in the match.
Siena led 24-22 in the third set, but Quinnipiac rallied to win five of the final six points to force a fourth. The Saints closed the decisive set on an 11-3 run behind Wright and Pierre to finish off the Bobcats.
Katie Urycki led Quinnipiac with 10 kills.
Siena used 14 different players win Wednesday night's win. The team travels to Saint Peter's and Rider this weekend, and then plays six of its final nine league matches at home.