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Saints Go 2-0 on Day Two of Aquinas/Cornerstone Classic

Saints Go 2-0 on Day Two of Aquinas/Cornerstone Classic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's volleyball team defeated both Huntington (Ind.) and Grace (Ind.) in five-set thrillers to finish the Aquinas/Cornerstone Classic with a 2-2 record. Ashleigh Shay led the Saints with 30 kills total on the day.

THE BASICS

Final Scores: Game 1: SHU 3, Huntington 2 (30-32, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-4) Game 2: SHU 3, Grace 2 (23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-20, 15-12)

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan (Sturrus Center)

Records: SHU (13-10), Huntington (9-19), Grace (17-12)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1: SHU def. Grace, 3-2

The first game needed extra points before a winner was decided. The Foresters finally edged the Saints 32-30 to earn the 1-0 lead.

 Huntington put Siena on its heels after a 25-19 second-set victory put the Foresters up 2-0.

The Saints rallied in the third and cut the deficit in half with a 25-23 win that put the score at 2-1.

SHU continued to put up a fight and was able to force a fifth set after a 25-19 win in the fourth set.

Siena exploded in the fifth set, jumping out to a 7-0 lead to start the game before eventually taking the match with a 15-4 game-five mark.

Game 2: SHU def. Grace, 3-2

Much like the first match of the day, the Lancer took the first two sets with scores of 25-23 and 25-21. The Saints rallied back with set victories of 26-24 and 25-20 to force a deciding set.

The score stayed tight throughout the fifth with Siena obtaining the largest lead of three with a 9-6 gap. Grace would tie things up again at 10 and again at 11, but the Saints would score four of the next five points to take the match with a 15-12 game-five win.

TOP SAINTS

Christine Tylutki tallied 13 kills in the first match and 14 in the second for a total of 27 on the day. She led the Saints in digs against Huntington with 24 and followed that up with 20 against the Lancers.

• Shay finished match one with 17 kills, three digs, and four blocks. Against Grace, she finished with 13 kills and one block.

Carrigan Gray tallied 26 assists in the first match and 39 in the second match. 

Madison Sitter recorded 23 assists against the Foresters and 14 in the last match.

Bianca Negron helped lead the defense with 22 digs against Huntington. She had a team-high 24 digs against the Lancers.

THE OPPOSITION

• Huntington was led by Lauren Creese and Paige Eakright with 13 and 10 kills.

• Jenna Tacosik and Breanna Levings paced the offense with 22 and 21 assists respectively.

• Ariene Butler led the Foresters defense with 38 digs.

• Kelsee Zuidema led the Lancers in the second match with 21 kills.

• Alexa Hill set the tone with 47 assists.

• Gina Novotny finished with 21 digs.

UP NEXT

The Saints return home to face UM-Dearborn on Wednesday, October 17. The match is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m., start time.