Rochester, NY - Through the first 11 matches of Liberty League play this season, only Union College took a set from the Clarkson University Volleyball team, and while the Golden Knights couldn't undo that minor setback they did rectify the situation with a three-set sweep of the Dutchwomen on Saturday afternoon, winning 25-13, 25-19, 25-22.
The Golden Knights, receiving the most votes of any team outside the AVCA Top 25, improved to 27-6 overall and finished the conference season with a perfect 12-0 record. Clarkson will close out the regular season next weekend back in Rochester in the New York Regional Challenge.
The Knights won their second Liberty League regular season title in three seasons and will host the conference tournament the second weekend of November. For the third straight year, Clarkson will face Vassar College in the first round of the Liberty League Tournament, while St. Lawrence (seeded third) will take on Union (seeded second) in the other match.
Clarkson finished 36-1 in sets this season against Liberty League foes, avenging its only set loss of the season versus Union on Saturday with the three set sweep. All season long, the Golden Knights have produced strong on offense, but against the Dutchwomen, Clarkson had its offense settled slightly. The Knights hit at a .265 clip for the match, one of their three lowest hitting percentages in conference play this year. Despite the minor setback of efficiency, Lani Durio (Austin, TX) still averaged 12 assists per set with a total of 36, as middle hitter Adrienne Walker (Centennial, CO) continued her strong recent run with nine kills and just one error in 21 swings to go along with three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Victoria Kirkemo (Englewood, CO) tallied a team-best 11 kills and also added a pair of aces. Classmates Aishvina Arasu (Brea, CA) and Lauren Hutchinson (Spring, TX) each added eight kills to the Clarkson offense. Defensively, Erika Chin (Katy, TX) and Kirstie Shurie (LaCanada, CA) contributed 18 and 13 digs, respectively. Chin also had three service aces as the Knights had eight aces overall.