Oct. 23, 2010
The Siena volleyball team had played without its top player since the first match of the season, and the result was just four wins in 19 matches. On Saturday in Loudonville, Aubrey Bobo returned to the rotation, and the inspired Saints drilled reeling Rider 3-0 (25-15, 25-16 and 25-19) in the ARC.
Bobo suffered a concussion in the second set of Siena's (5-15/4-7) season-opening loss at Texas A&M, and the after effects kept her on the sidelines until today. As far as her teammates are concerned, the return couldn't have come at a better time.
Bobo tied with freshman phenom Taylor Akana with a match-high 12 kills. She added six digs and was a part of three blocks.
It wasn't a dominating effort from the Preseason All-MAAC selection, but it did provide a glimpse at the balance her presence provides.
With Bobo on the bench, Siena turned exclusively to Akana, who delivered in a big way and gained tremendous experience, but without a second option, defenses quickly adjusted. Bobo gives the Saints a consistent front row threat and makes the offense less predictable.
Saturday's rotation also featured a new setter, as Bobo's twin sister Brianne tallied 32 of the team's 34 assists. Brianne just missed a double-double, registering nine digs.
Although the win was certainly a step in the right direction after five straight league losses, there's still a lot of work to do. Rider has won just once in 21 matches this season, and the Broncs fell to 0-11in the MAAC.
Siena used a very conservative game plan in the first two sets, and the result was four service aces and just one serving error. After falling behind 8-1 in the third set, the Saints unleashed a ferocious rally behind some hellacious serves. Akana and Sarah Sivertson each tallied two aces in the decisive set, highlighting long services that allowed Siena to rally.
The Saints will have a chance to build on today's effort when they host Loyola Maryland Sunday at 2 p.m.