The St. Lawrence University volleyball team swept SUNY Potsdam, 3-0, in its "Dig Pink" match on Wednesday evening. The Saints, who conclude their home portion of the 2013 season, improve to 20-9 and were led by sophomore Lexi Brown's 12 kills on the day. Meanwhile, Potsdam drops to 13-15 overall and was led offensively by Sarah Anderson's four kills.
"Tonight was a nice finish to our home portion of the season," said St. Lawrence head coach Shelly Roiger. "One of our goals this season was to sweep Potsdam after being on the other end of it last season and it was nice to get that pendulum swung the other way. It wasn't necessarily our best match of the season but I thought our energy was good throughout the night and we were able to rest a few people who are banged up now before heading into a very difficult series of tests this weekend."
Brown hit .370 with her match-high 12 kills, while Cristina Deschaine, Rebecca Briggs and Amanda Brooks also had impressive offensive outings. Deschaine six kills and hit for .545, while Brooks added seven kills and no errors (.467) and Briggs had five kills (.444). First-year student Lauren Casey recorded 13 assists and two service aces, while co-captains Jenna Street and Anna Kassab combined for 18 assists.
Defensively, the Saints were led by a strong front line that had several solid blocks throughout the night, led by Deschaine's team high four block assists. Senior co-captain Katie Prue had 15 digs, while sophomore Mariah Dignan and Street combined for 12 digs.
St. Lawrence and Potsdam both opened up the match a little shaky, committing several unforced errors as the Saints took a 9-7 lead. The home team, however, began to gain some momentum, taking a 19-12 lead on a kill from Lexi Brown before winning the set 25-16.
In the second set, the Saints broke away from a 7-7 tie to take a 12-8 lead with the help of three straight blocks from the St. Lawrence front line. After a Potsdam timeout, the Bears rattled off four consecutive points to knot the set at 12-12. The Saints took a 17-12 lead after a service run by Mariah Dignan, but the Bears went on an 8-4 run to cut into St. Lawrence's lead once again, 23-21. Several Potsdam errors helped St. Lawrence close out the second set, 25-21.
St. Lawrence and Potsdam exchanged points in the early-going of the third set until the home team began to break away for a 17-13 lead, again with the help of strong Saints' front line. After a Potsdam point, a kill from Lexi Brown followed by two service aces from Lauren Carey gave the Saints a 20-14 lead. The visitors would not come any closer than six points the rest of the way as St. Lawrence won the third set 25-18 to earn the non-conference sweep.
St. Lawrence will be back in action this weekend at the NYS Regional Challenge in Rochester, NY. The Saints will take on NYU, Rochester and Nazareth before returning to the North Country to prepare for the Liberty League Tournament to be held at Clarkson on Nov. 8-9.