Canisius College volleyball team lost in three sets to Siena College in the
Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. The Saints defeated the Golden
Griffins 25-19, 25-19, 25-18 as Canisius falls to 11-10 overall and 8-3 in the
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
"Siena came in with a great game plan and
executed it really well. They focused on a couple of our players and forced some of our
other players to make plays," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "A number of players on our team played their worst match of the season today, and it definitely showed.
"We are going to continue to play in high-pressure matches the rest of the season, and we need to make adjustments and raise our game or we will keep struggling in these situations."
Canisius scored the first four points of the match and held a 6-1 lead as junior Emily Elek had two kills in the early going. Siena chipped away at the Canisius lead, tying the match at 14-14 and taking its first lead of the match at 16-15 after a Canisius attack error. The Griffs would never regain the lead in the first set as Siena won five of the final six points.
The Griffs held a 10-6 lead in the second set after a service ace from sophomore Emily Litwin. Siena would then win eight straight points, including four kills during the spurt from Rachel Stoklosa, to build a 14-10 lead. Canisius battled back, getting within one at 17-16 after a block from senior Samantha Good and junior Sydney Palka. The Saints wouldn't let Canisius tie the match and went on to win the set. Siena jumped out to a 13-2 lead and was never seriously challenged in the third set.
Three Siena players posted 11 kills on the day with Colleen Ahearn also recording a .476 attack percentage. Taylor Akana had 11 kills and 10 digs while Stokolsa also had 11 kills. Sarah Sivertson recorded 42 assists and Lesli Akeo had 20 digs.
Canisius hosts Marist College in the KAC on Sunday afternoon with match time set for 2 p.m. The teams will be participating in the Dig Pink campaign and ask all fans to wear pink to the match.
Notes: The teams split the regular-season series for the second time in the last three years... Junior Roxanne Hernandez had three blocks and now has two or more blocks in 23 of the last 25 matches... Senior Allyson Severyn had 13 digs and now needs 13 digs to become the program's all-time leader. Severyn also had double-digit digs for the 33rd consecutive match.