POTSDAM - The Clarkson University womens volleyball team extended a mid-season win streak while SUNY Canton halted SUNY Potsdam in a pair of non-league matches staged on Tuesday.
CLARKSON SWEEPS CORTLAND
In the middle of the season, the Lady Knights seem to be finding their groove, as they swept Cortland in three sets, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18, for their sixth consecutive victory while increasing their streak of sets won to 17 straight.
The Golden Knights improved to 13-4 overall, taking a single-match break from league play. Clarkson, receiving votes in the latest AVCA coaches poll, will return to league play this weekend with a stretch of four matches in two days against Bard, Skidmore, Union, and Vassar.
Senior setter Lani Durio (Austin, TX) recorded her fifth straight match with 30 or more assists (34) despite playing only three sets in each of those matches. Sophomore Victoria Kirkemo (Englewood, CO) came back from a two-match break during a minor injury strong with 12 kills to lead the Knights, while Xiao Liang (Tianjin, China) added eight kills and a pair of solo blocks. Clarkson also continued its strong serving run with eight more aces with Durio contributing three and Kirstie Shurie (LaCanada, CA) and Erika Chin (Katy, TX) each adding two. Chin also produced a team-best 18 digs. Rounding out the offensive stats were Adrienne Walker (Centennial, CO) and Aishvina Arasu (Brea, CA), who each had seven kills, and Lauren Hutchinson (Spring, TX), who contributed six kills. Walker also had four total blocks.
We have learned about ourselves that we have the tremendous ability to close out tense situations, head coach Johan Dulfer said, but honestly I wish we didnt have to use it so often tonight. We built some huge leads and went into coasting mode a few too many times. I thought Cortland was well-coached, positive, and smart about changing up their game if something wasnt working.
When all is said and done, any win over Cortland is a great win for us, he added.
CANTON HALTS POTSDAM
The SUNY Canton womens volleyball team used a strong team effort to down visiting SUNY Potsdam in a thrilling five set match at the Roos House. The Roos (15-2) came from one set down to defeat the Bears (9-10) 3-2 (16-25, 25-18, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13).
SUNY Canton fell behind early in the opening set, as the visitors were able to close out the first frame in convincing fashion. SUNY Canton struggled offensively tallying just eight kills compared to five errors. The hosts were able to bounce back taking the second and third frames by identical scores of 25-18 as they combined for 19 kills. The Bears proved tough, as they were able to earn a fourth set win to knot the match at two sets apiece.
The Roos got out to a 6-3 start in the all-important fifth set. Potsdam answered back with four consecutive points to take a 7-6 lead, prompting a time out from Head Coach Carol LaMarche.
SUNY Canton scored two of the next three points and were all tied up after a Kelsy Cornish (Honeoye, NY) kill. The Roos scored three consecutive points behind the service game of Morgan Bills (Walworth, NY), tip kill of Cornish, and block at net by Caitlin Grimshaw (Adams, NY) to open up an 11-8 advantage.
The teams exchanged points to get to 12-9. Leading 13-9 out of a Potsdam timeout the Bears responded with two points to get within 13-11. After the Roos made it 14-11 SUNY Potsdam got within 14-13, but the hosts closed out the match 15-13 in front of a raucous crowd at the Roos House.
Cornish spearheaded the attack with team-highs of 13 kills, 11 digs and four service aces. Jessica Reynolds (Oakville, Ontario) added eight kills and six digs, while Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, Ontario) added nine digs. Bills floored five kills along with a team-high five blocks and Mackenzie Mynter (Churchville, NY) dished out 29 assists to go with her seven digs, four kills and two blocks.
The womens volleyball team returns to action this weekend in Union, NJ when it takes part in the Kean University Invitational. The Roos square off with the City College of New York and host Kean University Friday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. before taking on Centenary College and Brooklyn College Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
In Amherst, Kacey Bougard scored three goals in the first half to lead Daemen College to a 5-0 win over SUNY Canton in a nonconference womens soccer game on Tuesday night.
Meghan Lipinoga and Caitlin Grover also scored for Daemen (4-4 overall). SUNY Canton fell to 5-5.