HAMDEN, Conn. – Despite several prolonged successful offensive runs, the Quinnipiac women's volleyball team couldn't handle the imposing serve of the Siena as they fell, 3-1, at home on Wednesday. The Saints dominated the Bobcats in service aces to the tone of 20-4, which despite a solid offensive night from the Quinnipiac hitters, proved too much to overcome. The loss snaps Quinnipiac's two game winning streak as they fall to 4-14 (2-4 MAAC) while Siena jumps to 7-10 (6-1 MAAC).
The Bobcat offense ran at a steady pace as reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week, freshman setter Emma Ogden (Crown Point, Ind.), posted 32 assists to go along with three kills, three service aces and two blocks. She spread the ball out to freshman outside hitter Katie Urycki (Chesterton, Ind.) who compiled a team-high 10 kills while both freshmen Allison Leigh (Palmer, Alaska) and Jamie Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) each totaled eight kills in defeat. Despite the loss, the Bobcat hit the ball at a .182 clip against the second-highest ranked defensive unit in the MAAC.
Even though the offense continued to run well of late, the Quinnipiac defense took all they could handle from the Saint outside hitting combo of Taylor Akana and Rachel Stoklosa. The two combined for 29 kills against just five errors on the evening. Akaka especially got the best of the Bobcats on multi occasions as she pounded 17 kills to go along with nine digs and five aces. Stoklosa meanwhile totaled 12 kills and just one error for a hitting percentage of .579 in the victory.
The Saints came out of the gates and dominated the Bobcats with a final score of 25-15 in the first set. Akana was heavily involved with five kills while their freshman setter Haley Howell totaled 15 assists in the first frame alone. After falling behind 6-2 early, Quinnipiac worked their way back in the first set, closing the gap to 11-8 before the Saints got going again with a 14-7 run to close out the set victory.
The second set was much more competitive as the Bobcats were able to hold a lead as late as 14-13 in the second frame. Urycki combined with junior Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.) for seven kills in the stanza while the Bobcats as a team outhit the Saints percentage wise, .280 to .233. Where the Bobcats couldn't stake up was against the Siena serve as they totaled six, including four in the last 11 points for the team. Siena won the set on an impressive 13-4 run to take a 25-18 victory.
Quinnipiac was able to take a set from the Saints on the efforts of their back line. In the third, the Bobcats dominated the Saints hitting the ball at .179 compared to .023 for the road team. Urycki, Leigh and Paolucci each tallied at least three kills in the stanza while Leigh also chipped in three of her six blocks on the evening in the third set. As they've done time and time again of late, they stormed back from behind, staving off two set points for the Saints before claiming the victory, 27-25. The Saints were ahead 24-22 late but couldn't put the Bobcats away as Paolucci slammed a kill and Urycki denied a Meghann Wright kill attempt to tie the score and eventually pave the way for a Bobcat victory.
The fourth and deciding set was a tale of two halves for the Bobcats as they showed great all-around ability and maintained a tight deficit as late as 11-10 but the Saints once again took advantage from the service line. Four more aces for Siena helped prove to be the difference down the stretch as they took the match with a 25-14 victory.
Quinnipiac needs to regroup and prepare for two more home matches this weekend as they welcome in Niagara and Canisius for a pair of conference showdowns on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches are scheduled to tip off at 1:00 pm.
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