Oct. 19, 2013
Taylor Akana had seven of her match-high 13 kills in the decisive fourth set and Siena rallied to score the final four points of the match in a 3-1 (25-13, 25-15, 23-25 and 26-24) home MAAC win over Quinnipiac Saturday. The Saints improved to 11-0 all-time against the Bobcats.
Akana and the Saints breezed through the first two sets, winning 25-25 and 25-13, but Quinnipiac came out strong after intermission and won the third set just as they did 10 days ago in Siena's 3-1 win in Hamden. The Bobcats were a point away from forcing a fifth set, leading 24-22 in the fourth when Meghann Wright served the Saints to the final four points of the match. The match turned on a key block by Howell and Skeen with Siena trailing 24-23.
Siena again had success with its serve, posting 10 aces in the match. The Saints had 20 aces in the win at Quinnipiac, their most ever under head coach Garvey Pierre.
Rachel Stoklosa and Jacqueline Skeen each had 10 kills for Siena. Stoklosa got to double digits in just three sets played, and when she returned to the rotation late in the third set, she finished her first three swings to get the Saints back within striking distance.
Bobbi Lin Kalama had 22 digs to anchor Siena's defense which struggled late in the match. Haley Howell added a double-double with 41 assists, 10 digs and three aces, and Wright contributed seven kills, eight digs and three aces.
Quinnipiac had 15 blocks, and Bonnie Conklin was in on 10 of them.
Siena controlled a 53-30 edge in kills, and a 67-45 advantage in digs.
The Saints return home Sunday at 1 p.m. against archrival Fairfield in a rematch of last year's MAAC Championship match.