Women's Volleyball Takes Two in WHAC Pool Play

Women's Volleyball Takes Two in WHAC Pool Play

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's volleyball team snagged a pair of wins in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference pool play on Saturday, sweeping Michigan Dearborn, 3-0, before defeating Lourdes (Ohio), 3-1, at the SHU Fieldhouse.

The Saints (11-8, 8-7) opened their day with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 victory over UMD.

Mycala Cherry had nine kills and four aces while Emily Abbs and Halie Baker contributed eight kills each for SHU, which celebrated 'Senior Day.'

Carly Tillotson added 32 assists and 10 digs while Nicole Morgan contributed 15 digs.

Siena Heights held a slim lead in the first set before enjoying a 15-6 stretch to close the set.

Then, during the second, the host Saints opened with five consecutive points and took a 9-1 lead before UMD had a 7-point charge to pull within 9-8. The Saints eventually added another run -- this one of the 5-point variety -- to pull away and take a 2-0 match advantage.

The third set's final tie occured at 5-5 before SHU outscored UMD, 20-9, the rest of the way. The Saints had a 5-point streak in that set as well.

Colby DeMare had 11 kills, Kelly Markle made 17 assists and Rebecca Carley finished with 21 digs for the Wolverines (0-25, 0-15).

Siena Heights closed its day with a 13-25, 26-24, 28-26, 25-23 triumph over the Gray Wolves.

Leze Vukaj led the way with 15 kills while Baker and Cherry put down 13 each. Tillotson compiled 43 assists and 14 digs while Nicole Morgan finished with 28 digs.

The Saints stumbled through the opening set, allowing runs of six and five points, and then struggled through the early parts of the second to fall behind 19-13.

SHU then began its turnaround, ending the second set with a 13-5 stretch, which was finished with a 4-0 run after the Saints faced set-point.

Siena Heights won the close third set, which featured ties at each point from 21 through 26, and then led the majority of set four to close out the match.

Lourdes (12-12, 8-7) was led by Stephanie Richards' 24 kills. Angie Pagan-Perez added 15 kills, Mallory Lenhart made 27 assists and Michi Jimenez came through with 29 digs.

In other WHAC action on Saturday at SHU, 16th-ranked Madonna (28-5, 13-2) won two matches as well with a sweep of Dearborn and 3-2 win over Lourdes.

The Saints will return to action on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. WHAC contest at Cornerstone.