Senior Bobbi Lin Kalama served four of Siena volleyball’s season high 10 aces as the Saints opened their annual Western New York trip with a 3-1 victory over Canisius (32-30, 14-25, 25-15, 25-16). Senior outside hitter Briana Flagg led the Saints with 18 kills, while Senior setter Haley Howell added a double-double with 46 assists and 15 digs.
The first set was a hard fought battle between the conference foes. Neither team was able to take a clear advantage as they exchanged points back and forth. After the score was tied 9-9, Siena went on a 3-0 run behind the serving of Annie Stock to help Siena take a 12-9 lead. Canisius would not give up and regained the lead after a 6-0 run for a 21-19 lead. Both teams battled for the points and the score would be tied 25-25. It was back and forth action between the foes, but after a kill by Samantha Pethokoukis and an attack error by the Golden Griffins, Siena took the first set 32-30.
Canisius would not go quietly as they started off strong in the second set. The Golden Griffins took a 13-4 lead before Siena was able to get a kill from Briana Flagg to get their offense going again. The Saints fought hard but the Golden Griffins would not falter. Canisius took the second set 25-14.
After the break, Siena came out of the locker room with the vision of victory in their eyes. Behind Haley Howell’s serving Siena took an 8-3 lead. The Golden Griffins tried to cut the Saints lead, but would not let that happen. Siena went on a 7-0 run with the serving of Bobbi Lin Kalama for a 23-11 lead. The Saints continued to hold off the Golden Griffins to take the third set 25-15.
Siena started the fourth set on a 3-0 run. They were looking to take the conference road win against the Golden Griffins as the season starts to wind down. The Saints continued to hold the advantage and mirrored most of the third set. Siena took the fourth set and match 25-16.
Siena’s 10 aces were a season-high with Kalama adding a team-high four. Kalehua Katagiri led Siena with 25 digs, while Kalama tallied 17.
Siena remains on the road as they face Niagara on Sunday, Oct. 30. First serve is set for 1 p.m.