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Women's Volleyball Falls Short at Aquinas

Photo Courtesy of Aquinas Sports Information
Photo Courtesy of Aquinas Sports Information

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's volleyball team came up short in a five-set match against Aquinas on the road Friday night. Carrigan (Bowling Green, Ohio) tallied a double-double (17assists, 16 digs) to lead the Saints in the hard-fought loss.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Aquinas 3, Siena Heights 2 (25-13, 20-25, 22-25, 25-15, 15-7)

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan (Sturrus Center)

Records: Aquinas (8-9, 5-3 WHAC), Siena Heights (4-10, 2-6 WHAC)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Aquinas jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and never looked back in the opening set to take the 1-0 lead over the visiting Saints. SHU struggled on offense recording only seven kills in the opening set.

The host Saints jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second, but Siena Heights would rally and take a 6-5 lead. Aquinas would tie the score a few times, but the visitors would continue to retake the lead for the remainder of the set and eventually knot things up at one game each.

Siena used a 4-0 and 3-0 run in the middle of the third set to take an 18-14 lead. With the score tied at 20, the visiting Saints would score five of the next seven points to take the win and have the hosts on the ropes with a 2-1 lead.

Aquinas built a lead and expanded upon it in the fourth to take the game 25-15 and force a decisive fifth set.

SHU jumped out to a 3-1 lead at the start of the final stanza, but the host Saints used a 4-0 run to take a 6-4 lead that they would not surrender. 

TOP SHU SAINTS

Janel Ruhlman (North Branch, Mich.) led Siena with a team-high 14 kills. She also contributed at the net with five blocks.

• Gray added nine kills, one ace, and one block to her team-leading stat line.

Madison Sitter (Temperance, Mich.) totaled 13 assists to help pace the Saint attack.

Karsyn Wolf (Temperance, Mich.) totaled 15 digs while Grace Polomczak (Niles, Mich.) finished with 13.

THE OPPOSITION

• Jackie Rozell had 15 kills.

• Kali Crawford finished with 43 assists.

• Karly Morris finished with 32 digs.

UP NEXT

Siena will remain in Grand Rapids, Michigan to face Cornerstone tomorrow in another Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) match tomorrow. That match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., EST.