The St. Lawrence University volleyball team finished with a 3-1 mark at the 2013 Oswego Tournament this weekend, finishing in second place thanks to three consecutive victories over Utica, Oswego and Wells. Senior co-captain Katie Prue was named to the All-Tournament team after totaling 45 digs in the four matches.
After starting the tournament with a disappointing 3-0 loss to SUNYIT (25-23, 25-15, 25-19) on Friday, the Saints rebounded with a 3-1 victory over Utica (26-24, 25-18, 24-26, 25-10). The Scarlet and Brown then swept their matches on Saturday to improve to 7-4 on the season. St. Lawrence defeated the hosting Lakers in an epic 3-2 come-from-behind win (20-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-21, 17-15) before topping Wells 3-0 (25-9, 25-7, 25-13).
"We were very slopping on Friday in every area. SUNYIT played very well and forced us to make plays, which we didn't do," said St. Lawrence head coach Shelly Roiger. "We had a horrible start to our second match, but clawed our way back against Utica and showed a lot of fight to get the win."
First-year student Rebecca Briggs led the Saints with seven kills in the loss to SUNYIT, while captain Anna Kassab had 19 assists. Prue closed with 12 digs in that contest, but was outstanding in the second match, totaling 25 digs against Utica College. Sophomore Lexi Brown had a team-high 12 kills while classmate Rebecca Doser added nine.
Saturday's opening match against Oswego was a remarkable turnaround for the Saints, as they started slowly losing the first two sets. However, they rallied from a 27-25 loss in the second set to draw even at 2-2 behind fantastic play from rookie hitter Amanda Brooks. St. Lawrence then staved off a Laker rally to clinch the win in dramatic fashion, 17-15.
"We showed a lot of heart in the Oswego match. After dropping the first two sets and not playing well, we regrouped and showed a lot of toughness," said St. Lawrence head coach Shelly Roiger. "We got off to a great start in the fifth set, and when Oswego made a run late in the set, we locked in and got it done. These are the type of matches and mental situations that prepare us for the Liberty League schedule."
Brooks closed with 13 kills in the win while Doser was effective at the net with 10. Junior captain Jenna Street had 24 assists in the victory, which propelled St. Lawrence into second place with the quick win over Wells College. Brown led the Saints with nine kills, while Prue and sophomore Mariah Dignan each had eight digs.
St. Lawrence will look to win its fourth consecutive match next Saturday, September 21 when it faces SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam, NY at 7:00pm.