Oct. 22, 2003
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Caitlin Machon recorded a season-high 15 kills, while Sara Fields added 10, to lift the Army volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over visiting Siena Tuesday evening at Gillis Field House. The win was the Black Knights' third in their last four matches and improves their overall record to 13-10, while Siena falls to 3-18. Army won the match by scores of 30-26, 30-19 and 30-18 for its ninth sweep of the season.
Army held off a feisty Saint squad in the first game, but capitalized on a plethora of Siena hitting errors. The two teams battled through eight ties in the first set before the Black Knights took control. With the score knotted at 10-10, the Black Knights took advantage of some strong blocking by Erin Kennedy and kills by Abby Casciato and Machon to assume a 15-11 lead which forced Siena to call timeout. Siena played scrappy defense throughout the match, which kept them in the ballgame, but in the end it was poor hitting that spelled defeat for Siena. Kennedy put down one of her five kills late in the game to give the Black Knights game-point (29-26) and they went on to win after a hitting error by Siena's Christa Glenn.
In the second and third games, the Black Knights led from the onset and never looked back. Army's accurate attack was the key as the Black Knights combined for a .333 team hitting percentage, their second-highest mark of the season (.375, vs. Sacred Heart). Army committed just 12 hitting errors compared to 28 by the Saints. The Black Knights also picked up six service aces to help seal the victory.
Machon paced the Black Knights once again with a match-high 15 kills as she moves past Kim Walter '94 for eighth place on Army's all-time kills list. She now has 821 in her three-year career. Kennedy moved up in the record books as well, picking up three service aces to bring her career total to 101. With that feat, she becomes the 11th player in school history to record 100 service aces. Kennedy also added a pair of solo blocks, which boosts her career total to 142 and ties her with Laura Olen '97 for 10th all-time.