LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Siena volleyball clinched their 11th MAAC Tournament berth under head coach Garvey Pierre with their 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 28-26, 25-19) win over Manhattan. This is also the third straight year Pierre's Saints have clinched a spot in the tournament. The Saints are on a five-match winning streak, the longest this season.
With both teams looking for a spot in the MAAC Tournament, the first set started off with a lot of back and forth action. The score was tied 11-11 and then Siena went on a 4-0 run for a 15-11 lead. Manhattan (10-20, 6-10 MAAC) did not give up that easily and went on a 10-0 run to take a 21-15. The Saints chipped away at the lead but fell 25-21 in the first set.
The second set started the same as the first set with both teams exchanging points back and forth. Siena went on a 4-0 run to take a 17-13 lead and would not look back. The Jaspers fought hard to make a comeback again but Bobbi Lin Kalama finished the second set with a kill for Siena to win 25-19.
Siena was down early in the third set 14-9. Haley Howell got behind the line to serve and the Saints went on a 5-0 run to tie the set 14-14. It was a tight set after that point as both teams looked to take the advantage. Siena took the third set 28-26.
Kalama helped the Saints start the fourth set on a 6-0 run. Siena would never look back from that point as they continued to keep the advantage throughout the set. The Jaspers chipped away at the lead little by little but Siena continued to hold on to the lead. Siena took the fourth set and match 25-19.
When Siena traveled to Manhattan earlier this season, Briana Flagg posted a 20-kill match, today Flagg recorded 21 kills for the Saints. Sonja Vasovic recorded 14 kills for the Saints while Shantraie Rodriguez added 10. Howell dished out 56 assists in the match, just three assists shy of tying her career record. Howell notched a double-double with 11 digs. Kalehua Katagiri tallied 27 digs, while Camila Davila and Flagg added a respective 11 and 12.
Siena will travel to face Rider on Saturday, Nov. 12. First serve is set for 4 p.m.