Nov. 10, 2012
The Siena volleyball team has won nine of its last 10 matches, the most recent a five-set triumph (25-18, 23-25, 27-25, 21-25 and 15-7) at Rider Saturday afternoon. Lesli Akeo had 31 digs, and served Siena to the final four points in the decisive fifth set, and Taylor Akana finished with 18 kills and 21 digs.
If the Saints can earn their 20th win of the season in tomorrow's regular-season finale at Loyola, they would lock up the No. 2 seed in next weekend's MAAC Championships. A victory coupled with a Canisius win at Fairfield means the Saints would share the MAAC regular-season title with the Griffs and Stags. Even if the Saints lose tomorrow, they can finish no worse than the No. 3 seed.
Meghann Wright killed seven of her 19 attacks and had 15 digs Saturday. She also served back-to-back aces to highlight a 5-0 Saints' run in the fifth set. Jacqueline Skeen played a strong match with 15 kills in 33 swings in the middle.
Siena dominated the first set 25-18, but fell behind 9-0 in the second before losing a tight 25-23 decision. The Saints pulled out a 25-23 win in the third, but lost the fourth 25-21. The fifth set was tied 4-4 before Wright took over.
The Saints out-killed the Broncs 65-56, but Rider stayed close with some solid defense. The Broncs tallied 105 digs in the five sets, led by libero Brittany Gajewski's match-high 34.
It marked the sixth time this season Akeo has joined the 30-dig club.
Siena improved to 13-4 in MAAC play, moving into a second place tie with Canisius which lost in five sets at Iona. Fairfield stands alone in first place at 14-3 after its sweep of 12-5 Niagara today. If the Saints win and Canisius defeats Fairfield tomorrow, there will be a three-way tie for the regular-season title. Canisius would be the No. 1 seed in this scenario, Siena the No. 2 and Fairfield the No. 3. Should Siena and Fairfield win tomorrow, the Saints would finish alone in second place.