POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Marist’s volleyball team justified its third place ranking in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with a 3-1 victory (25-22, 24-26, 25-18, 25-12) over Siena today at the McCann Center.
Junior Mackenzie Stephens led the Red Foxes with 13.5 points as junior Brooke Zywick tallied 24 digs in the match. Sophomore Kelsey Lahey posted 12 kills, while sophomore Courtney Shaw recorded a .385 attack percentage. Senior Audra Brady recorded 41 assists and a .375 attack percentage.
In the four sets, Marist hit .191 as a team, tallying 70 digs, 46 assists and 49 kills. The match saw 22 tie scores and six lead changes.
As Marist and Siena battled back and forth to start the first set of the match, tying it up four separate times, the Red Foxes went on a four-point run to take the lead at 11-7 halfway through. Marist claimed its highest lead of the set off a service ace by freshman Lexi Millington, putting the Red Foxes ahead 21-16. The team won the set on an attack error by Siena’s Rachel Stoklosa followed by a kill from Lahey.
Despite Marist claiming the first point of the second set on a kill by Stephens, both sides continually tossed the lead back and forth, with multiple ties. With the set notched at 12-all, the Red Foxes went on a four-point run before the Saints answered with their own four points to tie the set yet again. Marist and Siena would continue to tie the set six more time after that, with the second set seeing 14 ties all together. Siena went on to claim its one and only set of the match off of two attack errors from Stephens.
The third set started off in a similar fashion, as both sides continued to trade possession until the Red Foxes went on a three-point run to give themselves a 13-7 lead over the Saints. Siena would not maintain the lead for the remainder of the set. Coming within five points, Siena scored on an attack error to put the set at 23-18, before the Red Foxes closed the set with a kill by Shaw and a Siena attack error.
Marist dominated the fourth set, never allowing a Siena lead. Halfway through the set, Marist went ahead of Siena by eight points, putting the set at 14-6. After four attack errors, three kills and a service ace, Marist went on to force a 7-0 run, putting the set at 23-10 and almost out of reach of the Saints. Marist put the match away on a kill by Lahey from Brady.
Coming into today’s match, Siena trailed the Red Foxes by one game in the conference as the Saints found themselves on a three-game losing streak.
Marist is now 10-4 in the MAAC, and 16-8 overall.
The Red Foxes continue conference play with a pair of home matches next weekend at the McCann Arena. On Saturday, Marist will take on Niagara at 1 p.m., before facing off against Canisius at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Become a fan of Marist Athletics on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.