Potsdam, NY - Every attempt was made in the third set to get senior Rachael Aird to her 1000th kill, but she finished just one short of the four-digit mark in a dominating effort by the Clarkson University Volleyball team, as the Golden Knights won in straight sets over Keuka, 25-8, 25-16, 25-6.
The Golden Knights improved to 3-2 on the season and will face Fredonia State and SUNY Potsdam on Saturday. Keuka drops to 1-4 and will play three more games in the tournament before returning home.
None of the sets were particularly close, though in the second set Keuka put up a fight with a solid effort on offense that resulted in 10 kills. That wasn't nearly enough against the Golden Knights, however, as Aird was dominant throughout, striking 16 kills with just a single error in 21 attempts for a .714 hitting percentage. Not to be outdone, sophomore Rachel Reusch had an even better hitting percentage at .818, compiling nine kills with no errors in 11 attempts. Clarkson also ripped 10 aces overall, with Jillian Saenz leading the way with four. Saenz also tossed in 35 assists and seven digs. Kate Isaksen led the team with 16 digs and was followed closely by Kendall Cheval, who contributed 12 digs and a pair of aces.
For Keuka, Lauren Moelbert scored seven kills, but Keuka hit negative in the match (18-19-98), producing a positive result only in the second game. Alyssa Rex ran the offense to the tune of 13 assists, while Jadine Buddingh had a team-best eight digs.