Siena Volleyball closes out their 2017 campaign with a 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-14, 25-18) loss to Iona. Freshman Dakota Jackson ended her freshman season with a career-best 18 kills.
Jackson had the second-best attack percentage for the season as she recorded four errors for a .359-attack percentage. Senior Samantha Pethokoukis tallied nine kills for Siena (7-22, 7-11).
Jamie Smith led Iona (14-17, 11-7 MAAC) with 16 kills and had just one attack error for a .600-attack percentage. Claire Archibald and Tess Connolly added 12 and 13 kills, respectively. Emma Rose ended the regular season with 50 assists in the four-match victory.
Jessica Eblin started the match off with two service aces and a kill from Jackson to jump ahead 3-0. It wasn’t long before the Gaels came right back, but Jackson’s serving put the Saints back up 9-6. Siena held control for the majority of the first set, but the Gaels made their comeback and went on a 6-1 to lead 22-19. Iona captured the first set 25-22.
In a set that saw three lead changes and 13 ties, the Saints landed on top after a bad set and attack error by the Gaels to give them a 26-24 win. Just like the first set, Iona came from behind late and went on a 3-0 run to lead 23-22 before Siena’s decisive victory. At intermission, the two league foes would each have one set won.
After giving up the first point, Iona would take the next four for an early 4-1 lead in the third set. The Gaels would never trail and made their statement with a 5-0 run that included three service aces by Rose to go ahead 19-11. Siena was unable to gain the advantage and Iona took the final four points of the set to take it 25-14 and go up 2-1 in the match.
Iona took the first point of the fourth set and that would be the advantage they needed. The Saints were not able to get closer than one point behind the Gaels as they looked to grab the victory. Siena trailed 24-16 and held the Gaels off of the match point for the next two points, but Kassandra Darnaby tallied the final kill to give Iona the 3-1 win.