Oct. 27, 2013
Siena lost its third straight MAAC match Sunday at Iona, losing to the Gaels in straight sets (25-16, 26-24 and 25-19). The Saints entered the weekend alone in first place, but after Sunday's results they find themselves in fourth just a half game up on fast-charging Iona and Canisius.
The match turned when Siena blew an 18-11 lead in the second set, falling 26-24. Madisyn Spence served the Gaels on a 6-0 run, and after Siena failed to convert a set point, Iona scored the final three points to take a 2-0 lead.
Taylor Akana led all players with 14 kills and Jacqueline Skeen had 10 for Siena. Haley Howell had 35 assists and three aces and Bobbi Lin Kalama returned to her liberio post with a match-high 19 digs. It wasn't enough.
Iona was very efficient on offense, finishing with just nine attack errors compared to 24 for the Saints. Siena actually out-killed the Gaels 40-37, but Iona more than doubled Siena's hitting percentage.
Catrina Warren posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 digs for the Gaels. She was one of four Iona players to eclipse double digit digs.
Akana completed her second big double-double of the weekend with 17 digs.
Siena had defeated Iona in five sets in Loudonville in its first match of the season, but the Gaels now own the tiebreaker due to sets won (5-3).
The Saints play their final road match of the season Saturday at Marist. The Red Foxes were 7-4 entering their Sunday night match at MAAC-leader Manhattan. If they upset the Jaspers they will join the Griffs and Gaels in fifth place, just half a game behind the Saints. Siena closes regular-season play with four straight home matches Nov. 9-10 and 16-17.