Saints Slam Canisius to Move Into First Place Tie
The Siena volleyball team served notice Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19 and 25-18) sweep of Canisius in Buffalo. The Saints move into a first place tie in the MAAC with the victory - their fifth straight, and ninth in the last 11 matches.
The quest for the ninth MAAC Championship for the Siena volleyball program starts today as the second seeded Saints take on the third seeded Canisius Golden Griffs in the second semifinal of the MAAC tournament at Alumni Hall.
Senior Lesli Akeo was named the 2012 MAAC Libero of the Year last night. It was the second straight year that she took home a major award. Akeo was also named to the all-MAAC first team joining teammate and fellow Hawaii native Taylor Akana. Senior Colleen Ahearn received a place on the conference second team while Meghann Wright was voted to the all-rookie team.
As the Number Two Seed
Five of Siena's eight MAAC Championships have come when the Saints were seeded second in the tournament. Siena was the No. 2 seed in three of its four MAAC Championships under Garvey Pierre (2005, 2006, and 2008) and is a perfect 11-0 in MAAC tournament play as the No. 2 seed.
MAAC Tournament at Alumni Hall
The MAAC tournament returns to Fairfield for the first time since 2007. Siena won the title in five-sets against the host Stags, to win their seventh title. The Saints have won more crowns than any other MAAC school with eight, including four straight from 2005-2008.
Scouting the Griffs
Canisius enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed, for the third time in the least four years. The Golden Griffs are led by two-time MAAC Player of the Week Samantha Good. The senior leads the team in kills per set, hitting percentage, and total blocks. Canisius is also helped by libero Allyson Severyn, who is the active MAAC leader in digs. The senior reached the 2,000 dig milestone earlier this year, and has taken away four MAAC Libero of the Week awards, the most by any player.
The Series with the Griffs
The Griffs, who are looking for their first MAAC title, split the season series with the Saints this year. In both contests, the road team was victorious, with Siena taking the latest match. This is the sixth time the two teams are meeting in the tournament with Siena having the 4-1 edge. Siena also has the advantage in the all-time series leading 19-12.
Where to Watch
Fans can watch all the games on the MAAC televised streamed on MAAC.tv or follow along for free on livestats.