Clarkson Knights claim North Country Invitational Volleyball Tournament title for third straight year
Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 7:51 pm

POTSDAM -- For the third straight season, the Clarkson University Volleyball team claimed the North Country Invitational title at Potsdam State, finishing a perfect 4-0 in pool play with convincing victories over Morrisville State and Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at Maxcy Hall.

The Golden Knights moved to a perfect 8-0 on the season, and the Knights will take to the road on Tuesday to face Plattsburgh State.

With 12 kills against just one error in 21 swings, junior Nicole Edwards (Weiser, ID) was the epitome of efficient in a quick 3-0 victory for Clarkson Saturday morning as the Golden Knights finished off Morrisville State in well under an hour to start off day two.

Morrisville was outmatched from the start as Clarkson was simply taller and faster all around the court, allowing the Knights to put away games swiftly, 25-9, 25-4, 25-10. Edwards was the most consistent performer with four, three, and five kills in the sets, respectively. Junior Sara Artus (St. Regis Falls, NY) played just the opening set of the match, but still recorded seven kills in 13 swings.

Classmate Megan Mahon (Irvine, CA) added eight kills against just one error in 14 swings.

Erika Chin (Katy, TX) served as the Knights setter in the match, delivering 28 assists, 7 digs, and 4 aces. Overall, Clarkson was dominant while serving, tallying 15 aces against only three errors. At one point, Jessica Agnew (Queensbury, NY) served for nearly 20 consecutive points, gaining four aces in the process. Alison Schroeder (Webster, NY) also added in five aces.

In the second match of the day, the Knights soundly defeated Hamilton College in three straight 25-12, 25-6, 25-15. Clarkson posted 20 kills in the first set of the match with Artus and Mahon combining for 13 points.

Overall, Clarkson hit over .450 for the match (43-7-79), led by Artus's 16 kills. Mahon and Courtney Haines (Crestview, FL) each contributed 9 kills, hitting .654 between them.

Durio, who was named MVP of the Tournament, led the team with 34 assists, and Schroeder posted a team-best 15 digs. Holly McDaniel also added 6 aces. Mahon was also chosen to the All-Tournament team.