Volleyball falls to Siena Heights in five sets

Volleyball falls to Siena Heights in five sets
(Ann Arbor, MI) – Concordia volleyball hosted rival Siena Heights on Friday night for a WHAC conference matchup.  The Cardinals entered the tilt 12-15 overall (8-9 WHAC) while the Saints came in 17-7 (12-6 WHAC).  Just as in their first meeting this year, the match required a full five sets to decide.  CUAA stormed out to a 2-0 lead, but the Saints came back to win 3-2.
Kayla Peters led the team with 16 kills.  Abigail Austin had a team-high 46 assists.  McKenzie Peters secured the back end with 22 digs.  Kaitlin Veihl led the Cardinals with 5 blocks.
Set 1 – CUAA 29, SHU 27
Concordia started on a 3-0 run as Breann June made an ace and Abigail Austin teamed up with Kaitlin Veihl for a block.  The lead continued to shift as Siena Heights moved into the lead with a late 22-18 advantage, but a 4-0 Cardinals run with 3 kills from Breann June tied the game.  The set required extra serves with both teams trading match points and Kayla Peters recording 4 kills down the stretch.  Breann June hammered the winning kill for a 29-27 set 1 win.
Set 2 – CUAA 25, SHU 16
Kaitlin Veihl had the first Concordia kill in set 2.  Kayla Peters made a pair of early kills as the lead changed hands early on.  A 6-0 CUAA run pushed the team out to a 13-9 lead midway through the set.  The Cardinals closed out the set with 4 unanswered points on back-to-back kills from Kaitlin Veihl and an ace from Korie Fowler.
Set 3 – SHU 25, CUAA 19
Abigail Austin had the first Cardinal kill in set 3.  Tara Drinane made an early block, but Siena Heights jumped out to a 13-5 lead.  Kaitlin Veihl made multiple kills down the stretch while combining for blocks with Abigail Austin and Kayla Peters, but the Saints took the set 25-19.
Set 4 – SHU 25, CUAA 17
Abigail Austin made the first kill in set 4.  After the Saints went up 6-2, Concordia made a 4-0 run capped by a combined block from Alexandra Lucaj and Tara Drinane.  The Cardinals pulled within a few points several times with Kayla Peters pacing the offense, but Siena Heights forced a fifth set with a win.
Set 5 – SHU 15, CUAA 12
Breann June started the critical fifth set with a service ace.  Tara Drinane teamed up with Kayla Peters for a block and added a kill for a 5-5 tie.  After Siena Heights went up 11-7 the Cardinals forced a timeout with three straight points.  However, the Saints were able to finish out the match with a 15-12 win in set 5.
Concordia will remain at home tomorrow when they host UNOH at 7pm in their regular season finale and senior night.


Volleyball falls at Cornerstone
September 22, 2021 Volleyball falls at Cornerstone