Canton, NY - It may have been "Dig Pink" night in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at St. Lawrence on Tuesday night, but the predominant color describing the Clarkson University Volleyball team was rust. Coming off a 10-day lay off, the Golden Knights certainly weren't at their best with more than 50 errors in the match as the Saints were able to outlast the Green and Gold in five sets, 22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-18, 15-12.
The Golden Knights moved to 18-6 overall with their second straight loss, while the Saints moved to 16-7. The loss broke a five-match winning streak for the Golden Knights against St. Lawrence.
Lost in the shuffle of a busy night in Canton was junior Sara Artus (St. Regis Falls, NY), who became just the sixth player in Clarkson history to record 1,000 career kills. With her 12th finishing point of the night, coming in the third set, she passed the milestone and has already moved up to fifth all-time in the category.
Clarkson was rocky from the start, but looked to right the ship early on when it took home the first set. Unfortunately for the Knights, the team just couldn't pull its offense together in the second set to maintain the momentum, making 10 hitting errors in that set alone. Overall, the Knights 6.2 errors per set (31 total), well above their season average of 3.92 errors per set.
Artus posted 21 kills to lead the Knights offensively, while outside hitting mate Megan Mahon (Irvine, CA) contributed 14 kills. Nicole Edwards (Weiser, ID) also had nine kills in the match.
Splitting setting time, Lani Durio (Austin, TX) and Erika Chin (Katy, TX) posted 29 and 19 assists, respectively. The Clarkson defense was up to task as normal with 137 total digs. Four different players surpassed 20 digs in the match, led by senior libero Alison Schroeder (Webster, NY), who had 40. Artus and Chin each had 21 digs, and Durio dug 20 balls.