Sarah Sivertson (left) and Taylor Akana
Oct. 20, 2012
The Siena volleyball team served notice Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19 and 25-18) sweep of Canisius in Buffalo. The Saints move into a first place tie in the MAAC with the victory - their fifth straight, and ninth in the last 11 matches.
The red-hot Saints (15-9, 9-3) got 11 kills from Colleen Ahearn, Rachel Stoklosa and Taylor Akana. Canisius had just 22 kills for the entire match.
It was the most dominating effort of the season for Siena, and it came in the most unlikely of places. Canisius entered the day alone in first place in the MAAC, and the Griffs knocked off Siena in four sets in Loudonville back in September.
This looks like a much different Siena team.
Siena didn't allow Canisius to reach 20 in any set. After breaking free from a 17-17 tie in the first set, the Saints were in complete control the rest of the match.
They led the decisive third set 13-2, before coasting to a seven-point win.
Akana set the tone with six kills in nine swings in the first set. Siena killed 20 of its 36 tries in the second, and the defense took over from there. Canisius had four kills and 12 attack errors in the third set (-.205). For the match, the Griffs posted a .000 attack percentage with 22 kills and 22 errors.
Setter Sarah Sivertson was stellar. The ever-improving senior assisted on 42 of the Saints' 48 kills and found answers wherever she turned.
On the outside it was Akana and Stoklosa, in the middle, Ahearn was joined by sophomore Jacqueline Skeen who killed eight of her 12 attacks, and on the right side freshman Meghann Wright had her second straight big match with six kills in 11 tries.
The Saints can take a big step toward solidifying their grip on first place when they face three-time MAAC Champion Niagara Sunday on the road. Siena has defeated the Purple Eagles three-straight years, including a four-set win in Loudonville earlier this season.