LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Volleyball notched their first sweep of the season 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20) over MAAC foe Quinnipiac. The Saints have won three of their last five matches.
Freshman outside hitter Nicole Deobler returned back to the Saints (3-17, 3-6 MAAC) lineup and tallied nine kills and two service aces. Antonija Ivanovic and Dakota Jackson added eight and seven kills, respectively.
Natalie Alechko and Morgan Sherwin each recorded nine kills for Quinnipiac (6-17, 5-5 MAAC). Maria Pansari totaled 31 assists for the Bobcats.
After Quinnipiac started off with the first two points of the match, Deobler stepped behind the line and brought the Saints into the set. Neither team would take a clear advantage as each team rotated around to serve. Siena held an 18-17 advantage before taking the largest lead of the set 21-17 off of three Bobcat attack errors and a kill from Siena setter Jessica Eblin. It wasn’t over though as Quinnipiac came right back and tied up the set 22-22. Kills from Jojo Ishida and Dakota Jackson put the Saints up 24-22. After a kill from the Bobcats, an attack error by Quinnipiac would give the Saints the 1-0 lead in the match.
Just like the first set, the second frame would start off with back and forth action between the league foes. Michelle Cuervo helped put the Bobcats up 13-10 for a mid-set lead. It wouldn’t be long until the set was all tied up again at 16. With the score again tied at 21, it would end with the Saints going on a 4-0 run to close it out and go up 2-0 in the match at intermission.
Siena and Quinnipiac battled to start the third set. With the frame tied up 13-13 it would be Samantha Pethokoukis who would step behind the line and roll with the Saints for five points for an 18-13 lead. Siena would never relinquish the lead, but the Bobcats would make a run of their own and trail just 22-17 late in the set. A Quinnipiac service error would seal the sweep for Siena who took the third set 25-20.
Siena will host reigning MAAC Champion Fairfield on Sunday, October 15. First serve is set for 1 p.m.