Oct. 20, 2013
Fairfield rallied from two sets down and fought off a match point in the fourth set to post a 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24 and 15-11) volleyball win over Siena Sunday in Loudonville. The Stags' win spoiled a sensational match by the Saints' Taylor Akana who finished with 23 kills and 14 digs.
The Saints (10-11, 9-2) were a point away from winning the match in four sets, leading 24-23 before a service error tied the set. The Stags (10-11, 9-2) won the final three points of the fourth set, and broke free from a 9-9 tie in the fifth to steal the match.
Akana was unstoppable early, posting nine kills in the first set alone in a 25-22 Siena win. She served the Saints to a big 14-6 lead in the second set, but the Stags rallied, scoring 19 of the final 26 points to even the match. Siena played one of its best sets of the season after intermission, posting a 25-19 win, and they were up 19-15 in the fourth before Fairfield rallied.
Fairfield got 18 kills from Marilyn Peizer, 12 from Hadley Orr and 10 each from Caitlin Stapleton and Hayley Myoyer. Maddie Fitzpatrick was also a key factor, killing eight of her 13 swings.
The match was even in nearly every way. The Stags held a 62-61 advantage in kills, but the Saints had a narrow edge in digs (60-57) and blocks (13-11). Siena inserted sophomore Erin Bies into the libero role after intermission and Bies played a very solid match, registering 13 digs and two aces in the final three sets.
Siena and Fairfield are both in good position to qualify for the MAAC Championships which will be contested here in the ARC November 23-24. The Saints and Stags have met seven times in the MAAC Championship with Fairfield's only win coming last season.
Siena won in five sets at Fairfield earlier this season, and hold the tiebreaker over Fairfield because of point differential.