Taylor Akana led the Saints in kills and digs Saturday
Oct. 26, 2013
The Siena volleyball team won nine of its first 10 MAAC matches this season, but the Saints have dropped their last two and fallen out of first place in the conference. Manhattan took over the top spot with a 3-0 (28-26, 25-19 and 25-21) win Saturday at Mount St. Vincent College in Riverdale.
Manhattan (16-9, 9-2) got nine kills in just 17 swings (.529) from Anna Kitlar. Taylor Akana's match-high 12 kills and three aces paced Siena (10-12, 9-3). Jacqueline Skeen added nine kills and four blocks.
Siena had three set points in a back-and-forth first set, but Manhattan pulled out a 28-26 win to seize momentum. The Jaspers led just 21-19 in the second set before winning the final four points to take command of the match. Manhattan jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the final set and Siena got no closer than three the rest of the way.
The Saints had swept Manhattan in Loudonville back in September, and still own the tiebreaker with the Jaspers due to point differential.
Manhattan played great back row defense Saturday, getting a match-high 19 kills from libero Allie Yamashiro and 12 from Malia McGuinness.
The Saints will look to get back on track Sunday at Iona. The Saints edged the Gaels in five sets in their first MAAC match of the season.