July 8, 2014
The Siena volleyball team released its 2014 schedule today. The 30-match slate begins August 29 when the Saints square off with Lehigh in the Buffalo Invite. All 10 MAAC teams qualify for this year's MAAC Championships which will be contested November 20-22 at the HP Fieldhouse inside Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Saints finished the 2013 season with a 14-14 overall record and in a three-way tie for third place in the MAAC at 13-5. They'll have to replace all-time great Taylor Akana (graduated), but return a solid nucleus that features one of the top attacks in the MAAC and emerging sophomore setter Haley Howell.
The season-opening Buffalo Invite features Ole Miss and the host Bulls. Siena will also participate in the Seton Hall Tournament (September 5-6) and the Hofstra Invite (September 12-13).
The Saints open their 11-match home season against Binghamton September 9.
MAAC play commences Saturday, September 20 when Niagara comes to Alumni Recreation Center for a 1 p.m. match. The 18-match MAAC slate is highlighted by an October 4 trip to defending MAAC Champion and archrival Fairfield October 4 and the Stags return trip to Loudonville October 29.
The Saints enjoy a seven-match homestand from October 14 through their Senior Day match with upstart Iona November 2.
Siena won four straight MAAC Championships from 2005-2008 and has won eight Championships all-time. They reached the Championship match in 2012, but failed to qualify for last year's event (in Loudonville) after losing the three-way tiebreaker.