SUNY Potsdam volleyball ends season with setbacks
Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 9:48 am

The SUNY Potsdam volleyball team was defeated in consecutive matches Saturday at the Geneseo Tri-Match in Geneseo, N.Y.

With the losses, the Bears finish the 2010 season with a 6-26 overall record, including a 1-7 mark in State University of New York Athletic Conference play, which concluded one week ago.

Potsdam fell against St. John Fisher in four sets (25-11, 25-15, 19-25, 25-17) to start the day before wrapping up the day with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 setback against Geneseo.

"We've battled through more injuries this season than I can remember in my time here," Potsdam coach Steve Pike said. "The girls still competed, and I'm proud of their effort.

We never had a complete starting lineup, and that proved to be too much for us." Against Fisher (19-15), junior Sam Strader (Watertown, N.Y) led the offense with 13 kills. Freshman Brittany Lapham (West Chazy, N.Y.) posted 18 assists and three aces, while sophomore Hannah Lockwood (Victor, N.Y) had 10 assists.

With the support of the Potsdam men's hockey team, in town to play Geneseo later Saturday, in the second match, the Bears gave a consistent effort but were unable to overcome host Geneseo (14-21). Lapham and Lockwood tallied 10 assists apiece, and Strader paced the offense with eight kills.

Junior captain Allison Metot (Bernhards Bay, N.Y.) registered six kills and two blocks, and sophomore Jill Dye (Middletown, N.Y.) recorded 11 digs. In the final match of her collegiate career, senior captain Erica Romaniello (Selden, N.Y.) totaled 10 digs.

"We certainly appreciate all of Erica's hard work over her four-year career," Pike said. "With 12 first- or second-year players on our roster, we bring back a great group for next year, and are looking forward to a successful 2011 campaign."