The St. Lawrence University volleyball team earned a Saturday split and snapped a four-match losing skid behind a five-game victory over St. John Fisher to close the 2012 RIT Tournament.
The Saints, now 4-9 on the season, lost to Nazareth in their opening match on Saturday 30-28, 25-22, 25-18. However, St. Lawrence rebounded in a tight battle with Fisher, rallying to a 26-28, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 15-7 victory.
"The Nazareth match was a missed opportunity. We had several chances in the first set to push forward and start with a win, but our inability to do that set a negative tone for the match," said St. Lawrence head coach Shelly Roiger. "We faced a lot of adversity in the Fisher match and persevered to pull out a win."
St. Lawrence battled Nazareth to a thrilling first game, but the Golden Flyers escaped with the 30-28 win. Though the Scarlet and Brown competed well in the second set, Nazareth and Amy Johnson were too much and earned the 3-0 victory. Johnson closed with 16 kills to lead the Golden Flyers, while Brittany Crocetti had 35 assists. First-year students Rebecca Doser and Lexi Brown had five kills, while co-captain Katie Prue chipped in a team-high eight digs.
In the late match, Fisher took a 2-1 lead after three straight highly-contested games were capped by a 25-22 win by the Cardinals. However, the Saints surged in the fourth game, winning 25-19 to set up the decisive fifth set. The Scarlet and Brown continued their momentum, winning comfortably by a 15-7 margin.
Brown had a big outing against the Cardinals, posting 18 kills, while Prue had 31 digs. Junior co-captain Anna Kassab had 33 assists and 14 digs. Megan Miller was the top offensive player for St. John Fisher, finishing with a game-high 21 kills.
"I am happy with the finish to our weekend and when we start preparing for Clarkson, we'll treat it as though it's a fresh start to our season," added Coach Roiger.
The Saints will square off with Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY on Tuesday, September 18 in the 2012 Liberty League opener at 7:00pm.