Potsdam, NY – Sophomore Adrienne Walker (Centennial, CO) hit .533 with eight kills and five blocks to help lift the Clarkson University Volleyball team to a four-set victory over crosstown rival Potsdam State 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-18 Tuesday evening at Maxcy Hall.
The Golden Knights improved to 23-5 on the season and will play in one of the more difficult tournaments of the season at the New York Regional Challenge, hosted by NYU, on Friday and Saturday. With the victory, head coach Johan Dulfer captured his 159th career victory in his seventh season, surpassing the previous Clarkson Volleyball coaching mark of 158 wins by Marilyn Johnson (1975-1993).
Clarkson had some troubles with some minor medical issues on several spots on its roster, but was still able to rise up to take the first two sets. Despite their best single-set hitting percentage in the match, the Knights came up short in the third set before closing out the Bears in set number four.
“Tonight was an interesting night,” Clarkson head coach Johan Dulfer said. “It’s always interesting to play on someone’s senior night and Potsdam had a great crowd there tonight that really got into the game. On our side of the net we were dealing with some question marks regarding injuries and sickness today so we knew that it would be an exciting match. Sometimes you’ve got to find a way to win even when you’re not playing well and I’m very happy we were able to pull out a victory against a very aggressive and much improved Potsdam team.”
Walker had eight kills in 15 swings without an error to help lead the Clarkson offense, while senior Bailey Walker (Centennial, CO) also contributed eight kills with three blocks. Freshman Aishvina Arasu (Brea, CA) led the team with 12 kills and classmate Victoria Kirkemo (Englewood, C0) tossed in nine kills, 10 digs, and four blocks. Danielle Farabee (Spring, TX) swung at a .429 clip with nine kills in 14 attempts and also had five block assists.
Freshman Kirstie Shurie (LaCanada, CA) and junior Lani Durio (Austin, TX) shared setting duties and had 27 and 18 assists, respectively. Erika Chin (Katy, TX) led the team with 13 digs.