Saints volleyball posts first league win over Bard
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 8:24 am

Junior middle-hitter Amanda Teppo led the St. Lawrence University volleyball team with a season-high ten kills and three blocks, as the Saints topped Bard 3-0 for their first Liberty League win of the season on Saturday afternoon in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Second to Teppo, who ranks 17th nationally with 1.12 blocks per set, first-year Annika Kreppein recorded six kills, while Grace Kelly, Natalie Piper and Julia Wagner each totaled four. Maddy Bishop and Ally Good each tallied 13 assists, while Reagan Collier-Hogan posted a team-best 14 digs.

The Saints swept the three-set match by scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-13.

Bard opened the first set with a 5-3 lead over the Saints, but a kill from Kreppein tied the set at seven and an attacking error from Lauryn Colby gave the Saints a 10-9 advantage. A kill from Piper and a service ace from Bishop increased the Saints lead to 17-12. A 5-1 run increased the Saints lead to 23-17 and another Raptors attacking error sealed the first set for the Saints.

In the second set, Bard opened with another 5-3 lead over the Saints, but the Scarlet and Brown quickly regained control taking an 11-7 lead over the Raptors after six consecutive points and posting a 14-3 run to secure the second set win.

St. Lawrence jumped out to a 10-3 advantage in the third set with a kill from Kreppein. Mac Barnes then increased the Saints lead to 15-9 off the set from Good. Courtney Benson successfully completed her attack to give the Saints a 19-12 edge and a 6-1 run and a service ace from Madison Amico finished the set for the Saints.

"After a disappointing night last night it was good to have a fun, productive win today," said head coach Shelly Roiger. "Once again all players did a great job of being ready to make contributions. Our block continues to be outstanding and birthday girl Amanda Teppo had her best match of the season. We have a busy week coming up with four matches on the road this coming week and I'm looking forward to seeing the team practice with their highest intensity of the season."

Bard was led by Mikala L'Hote with five kills, while Jewel Smith recorded 18 assists and Lia Taus added 12 digs for the Raptors.

The Saints held a 33-22 advantage in kills and topped the Raptors in service aces (4-3), blocks (8-2), assists (27-21) and matched Bard in digs (35-35).

With the win, the Saints improved to 13-7 on the season and 1-4 in conference play, while the Raptors fell to 6-12 and 0-4.

St. Lawrence will travel to neighboring SUNY Potsdam for a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday, October 10.