The Siena volleyball team showed its depth in a 3-0 (27-25, 26-24 and 25-20) sweep of MAAC rival Iona Wednesday night in the ARC. The Saints fought off two set points in each of the first two sets to take command of the match.
Sophomore Rachel Stoklosa led the Saints (14-9, 8-3) with 12 kills, and rounded out her 11th double double of the season with 13 digs.
Red-shirt freshman Meghann Wright played one of her strongest matches of the season on the right side. Wright equaled a season (career) high, killing seven of her 12 attacks in just two sets played. Her service also played a big role in the outcome.
The Saints got typically solid defense from libero Lesli Akeo. Akeo finished with 23 digs in the three sets, including an astounding 11 in the third set alone. On one late epic volley, Akeo picked up four digs.
Senior Elizabeth Ives fell one ace shy of a career high, picking up four on the night.
The balanced Saints got eight kills each from Taylor Akana and Colleen Ahearn. Both players saw their streaks of seven straight matches with double figure kills come to an end.
Alicja Pawelec led all players with 13 kills for Iona (6-16, 3-7) - seven coming in the first set. The Gaels have lost seven straight MAAC matches after beginning the year 3-0.
Siena trailed the first set 16-11, 20-17 and 24-22 before rallying to win 27-25. In the second they were down 24-22 before scoring the final four points behind two kills from Stoklosa.
The Saints enter a critical stretch of their season this weekend when they travel to Western New York to face first place Canisius Saturday, and three-time defending MAAC Champion Niagara Sunday. Niagara defeated Canisius in four sets Wednesday to move within a game of the first place Griffs. Siena sits in a second place tie with Fairfield just a half game behind Canisius, a half game ahead of Niagara and a full game up on fifth place Manhattan.