Nov. 5, 2017
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Volleyball came out in full force to start the first two sets, but Niagara would rally back to force five sets in a comeback win over the Saints to take the 3-2 (26-24, 25-19, 20-5, 18-25, 13-15) victory.
Freshman outside hitter Dakota Jackson recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 20 digs and so did teammate Antonija Ivanovic with 15 kills and 23 assists. Senior middle blocker Samantha Pethokoukis tallied kills and freshman setter Jessica Eblin recorded 49 assists.
Purple Eagles entered the match already clinching an early MAAC Tournament berth.
Saints (5-20, 5-9) and Purple Eagles (16-8, 12-3) battled it out in the first set where there would be seven ties and two lead changes. Siena would come up on top the first set winning 26-24 in a close matchup over Niagara.
Using their momentum from the first set heading into the second, Siena would post a .447 team attack percentage with key plays from Ivanovic and Jackson to help the Saints take the early 25-19 second set win heading into the intermission over Niagara.
Both teams would come back onto the court swinging as they remained neck and neck the majority of the third set. It would be tied 19-19 until Niagara's Nicole Matheis would get a kill followed by the Saints making a couple of errors to allow the Purple Eagles to take the third set 20-25.
Niagara would then use their momentum after winning the third set to record a .351 team attack percentage over the Saints after rallying 11-3 in points to take the 17-25 victory in the fourth set.
It was a tight fifth set as both league teams battled for a victory. With 6 ties and 2 lead changes, both teams would go back and forth before finally Grace Hetterscheidt would put the final kill in the books as Niagara would take this one 13-15 snapping the Saints two match winning streak at home.
Siena will host Canisius on Sunday, November 5th in the Alumni Recreation Center. Saints will be honoring their three seniors Karli Rodriguez, Brittney Herrick, and Samantha Pethokoukis before the match begins in a Senior Day ceremony. First serve is set for 1 p.m.