ONEONTA -- Following its third straight sweep of the weekend, the Clarkson University Volleyball team trailed 2-0 against RIT Sunday, but the Golden Knights rallied to win three straight sets to take the Hartwick Invitational title.
The Golden Knights improved to 4-0 on the season, and will return to action next weekend when they play in the North Country Invitational held at Potsdam State.
In Sunday's opening contest against the City College of New York, the Knights swept their opponent in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20. Senior Alison Schroeder (Webster, NY) recorded 19 digs to lead the defense, while freshman Erika Chin (Katy, TX) added in five digs. Junior Sara Artus (St. Regis Falls, NY) led the team with 12 kills, and freshman setter Lani Durio (Austin, TX) contributed 23 assists.
Versus RIT, the Golden Knights recovered to win 24-26, 25-27, 25-20, 25-15, 16-14, marking the first time that Clarkson has come back from a two-set deficit since November 2007, when the team turned the trick against St. Lawrence in the Liberty League Tournament. Artus recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs, while Megan Mahon (Irvine, CA) led the offense with 18 kills. Sophomore Courtney Haines (Crestview, FL) also contributed 8 kills.
Schroeder again had 19 digs, while Chin more than tripled her output from the first match of the day with 17 digs. Durio was busy with 34 assists.
"I thought RIT played a very gutsy match with some good blocking," Clarkson head coach Johan Dulfer said. "Losing seven and eight point leads in the first two sets like that rattled us a little, so we had to dig real deep early in the season. I am so pround of how this young team decided to battle and turn the tables. At 12-12 in the fifth set, with two match points against us, to come out with that much poise is woth a huge compliment. To know that we can do that will, hopefully, serve us well this season."
In addition to winning the tournament title, Artus and Schroeder were each named to the All-Tournament team.