The St. Lawrence University volleyball team topped Keuka 3-0 by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 27-25 and, with a 7-0 start, have successfully completed the best season start in program history at 7-0. Unfortunately, the Saints split the day and fell to SUNY Fredonia 0-3 (17-25, 20-25, 14-25) and now sit 7-1 on the season. Day two of the Potsdam/Clarkson Invite was held at Clarkson University.
Match 1 vs. Keuka –
Marissa Parker led the Saints during their first matchup of the day with eight kills. Mac Barnes recorded three service aces, while Ally Good tallied 16 digs. Amanda Teppo led the team with two blocks against Keuka. The Saints were able to seal the win over the Wolves after just three sets.
"Our victory over Keuka was a nice one in the sense that we were able to play deep into our roster and every player made a positive contribution," said head coach Shelly Roiger. "I was pleased with every single player's mental readiness in helping provide a positive outcome."
Keuka was led by Meghan Calhoun and Lauren Moelbert with six kills each. Katelyn Warren and Grace Allen finished the match with two service aces each, while Brooke Buck tallied 10 digs for the Wolves.
Match 2 vs. SUNY Fredonia –
Grace Kelly led the Saints in their final match of the weekend with eight kills. Masha Kolesnikova tallied seven kills and one service ace. Katie Kull added 21 assists and 12 digs.
"Fredonia was easily our toughest opponent of the season thus far and they dominated the match," Roiger continued. "They won the battle of first contact and that component will be our focus in Monday's practice. They utilized all of their weapons really well and they had us back on our heels the entire match."
SUNY Fredonia was led by Kristen Stanek and Kailey Falk with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Amanda Mosack recorded two service aces and 33 assists. Stanek also added 14 digs for the Blue Devils
"After the match, I told the team that I was proud of our start. No matter what happens the rest of the season, they started the season off on a streak that is longer than any in recent program history and no one can every take that away from them," Roiger finished. "Sometimes a loss can be the best thing that happens to a team. It humbles you, ignites the fire to get back to positive steps forward, and motivates you to start another win streak. I have no doubt that this team will respond in a positive fashion by having an awesome practice on Monday as we hit the road three times in the next two weeks, starting on Tuesday when we travel to Plattsburgh."
The Saints are now 7-1 on the season, while the Blue Devil's improved to 4-4 overall. Teppo and Parker were both listed to the All-Tournament Team.
St. Lawrence travels to SUNY Plattsburgh for a midweek match on Tuesday, September 12th.
MVP - Rachael Aird (Clarkson)
Rachel Reusch - Clarkson
Kate Isaksen - Clarkson
Amanda Teppo - St. Lawrence
Marissa Parker - St. Lawrence
Courtney Poirier - Fredonia
Kristen Stanek - Fredonia
Kelsea Healis - SUNY Potsdam
Shea Norton - SUNY Canton
Jadine Buddingh - Keuka