Bill Ziskin

Volleyball Overpowers Siena, Opens Home Slate with 3-0 Sweep

UAlbany Sports Information   09-23-2018

Volleyball Score: UAlbany 3, Siena 0

Location: Albany, N.Y. — Alumni Gym

Records: UAlbany (6-7) | Siena (1-13)

Short Story: The UAlbany volleyball team opened its 2018 home slate with a straight set sweep against Siena on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Grace Cozad, who hit .417 on the day, led the Great Danes with a career-high 13 kills.

Head Coach MJ Engstrom

“I thought there was a great home crowd today. The girls responded positively to the environment and I was impressed with their ability to stay focused throughout the entirety of the match.”

“I think coach Ozols is doing a great job with a Siena squad that is going through a rebuilding year. We look forward to renewing the Great Dane and Saints rivalry.”

Key Stats:

  • The Great Danes hit .393 as a team, including a .464 mark in set three. Nicole Otero posted a season-best 25 digs in the tilt while Courtney O’Connell’s five blocks were a season high.
  • UAlbany held Siena to a -.009 hitting percentage. The Saints could not find an answer for the Great Dane’s front row that combined for nine total team blocks. 
  • The Great Danes had three different players record double-digit digs in the contest. Anna Chalupa (13) and Akuabata Okenwa (12) joined Nicole Otero who paced all players with 25 digs of her own.

Notables:

  • Grace Cozad earned a career-best 13 kills.
  • Anderson Vaughan set a new career high with 39 assists.
  • Anna Chalupa picked up a career-high 13 digs.
  • Taylor Didawick earned her first career kill.

Back in Action:

UAlbany kicks off conference play next Friday, Sept. 28, when it welcomes Binghamton to Alumni Gym. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

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