By Alexander May
Assuming the role of the Energizer Bunny of MAAC volleyball, the Siena Saints just keep winning and winning and winning and winning and—you get the point.
On a chilly Monday night, the ladies in green and gold strode onto the Alumni Hall court at Fairfield University and stunned the raucous crowd in a five-game nail-biter for Siena’s third MAAC championship victory. The New England Patriots made themselves a dynasty with a trio of Super Bowl wins over four seasons—Nadiege Honore and the sizzling Saints only needed three.
In a virtual repeat of last year, Siena was pitted against their bitter rivals for the championship; this time switch sunny Lake Buena Vista, Florida to a frosty (and now bitter) Connecticut, where temperatures lingered in the 40s. Luckily they play indoors.
The veteran Saints realized they could not cruise to an effortless 3-0 victory as they previously had 11 times this season, so head coach Garvey Pierre and his ladies hunkered down for the long haul.
Siena suffered a shot to its confidence as they lost the first game 20-30. Co-captains Honore and Kelly Hummel and the other strikers were sufficiently stymied until they broke out in the second game evening the match at one win a-piece. Fairfield regained the lead when they edged the Saints in the third game by a narrow margin of 27-30.
In the hole, the tournament-savvy Saints knew exactly what they needed to do—win—and never looked back. They took game four 30-26 and clinched the deciding game five, defeating the Stags 15-12 for the second time in two seasons. Suffice it to say, Garvey Pierre will not be receiving any Christmas cards from Fairfield head coach Jeff Werneke this December.
If you asked anyone who followed the volleyball team which player had the final kill in the match, anyone could have guessed. Hint: she’s from Trinidad.
Senior outside hitter Nadiege Honore was set by 2005 MAAC Rookie of the Year April London and spiked her way into Siena volleyball fame. Although slow to start, Honore picked up the slack, finishing the match with 21 kills and 16 digs, eventually being named the MAAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Junior outside hitter Kelly Hummel and sophomore MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Burgandy McCurty also sparkled for the Saints, combining for 34 kills in the match.