DURHAM, N.H. - The Siena Saints came back from a 2-1 deficit in games and made only one attack error in the deciding fifth game to defeat the New Hampshire Wildcats, 26-30, 30-21, 28-30, 30-27, and 15-10 in the fourth match of the 2005 Ocean Bank Invitational at Lundholm Gym.
The Wildcats lost despite a triple-double from junior Sarah Rehn (Oceanside, Calif.), who switched between the setter and outside hitter positions throughout the match. Rehn finished with 13 kills, 27 assists, and 14 defensive digs. Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta) earned 14 kills and senior captain Erin Walker (Fulton, N.Y.) contributed 12 kills and a match-high eight total blocks.
Christie Gustafson led the Saints' attack with 17 kills, with Nadiege Honore close behind with 16 kills as well as 29 digs, most of any player in the match. April London ran the Siena offense throughout the match, notching 49 assists as well as six kills and seven digs.
After hitting at a .279 hitting percentage in winning the first game, UNH (2-10) struggled in the second game, earning as many errors as kills to let Siena (6-5) back in the match. The Wildcats struggled coming out of the locker room after the intermission, but recovered to win the third game. Siena outhit UNH in the final two games, notching 25 kills and making only nine errors while the Wildcats earned 19 kills but made 13 errors.
The first match of the day also went five games, as Florida Atlantic (11-0) came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Boston College (4-4), 27-30, 30-27, 23-30, 30-20, 15-13. Kelly Paiva of Florida Atlantic notched 33 kills on 90 attempts, while Katie Arvidson added 19 kills and Dimitra Samas contributed 26 digs.
The Eagles had four players in double figures for kills, led by Kelsey Johnson with 18 kills and Morgan Woodcock with 17 kills. Both setters had dynamic matches, with BC's Verena Rost notching 61 assists and Florida Atlantic's Casey LaRocca nearly matching her with 59 assists.
The Ocean Bank Invitational concludes this evening, with Florida Atlantic looking to clinch the tournament title against Siena at 4:30 p.m., followed by New Hampshire hoping to salvage one victory for the weekend against Boston College at 7 p.m. Both matches will take place at Lundholm Gymnasium.