Nov. 10, 2013
Taylor Akana is playing with the urgency you'd expect from a senior trying to lead her team to the playoffs. Siena's star outside hitter killed 19 of her 35 swings and rounded out her second big double-double of the weekend with 15 digs in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22 and 25-20) sweep of Niagara Sunday.
Siena dominated play in the first set, hitting .345 in a 10-point win. They led 19-11 in the second set before Niagara rallied late. The third set was the most competitive, as Niagara led 14-11 before Siena used a 10-2 run to take command.
Setter Haley Howell had 39 assists in the three sets and killed two o0f her four attacks.
Niagara played well up front, out-blocking Siena 11-3. The Purple Eagles got 11 kills from Amanda Sadore.
The Saints close out regular-season play with a pair of league matches next weekend. They host Rider Saturday at 1 p.m. and Saint Peter's on Sunday at 1 p.m.