(Canton, N.Y.)- The SUNY Canton women's volleyball team downed the University of Cincinnati-Clermont 2-0 in Dana Hall in their first match of the second day of pool play at the USCAA national championship in Canton.
The Roos beat the Cougars 25-18, 25-18 to improve to 2-1 in pool play and 26-3 overall. SUNY Canton is guaranteed a spot in the elimination round later on Saturday as one of the top four teams in their pool. The Roos will round out pool play at 2:30 p.m. when they take on Penn College in Dana Hall. After pool play is completed, teams will be re-seeded and then begin the elimination round. The semifinals are slated for Sunday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., the third-place game will be at 2 p.m. and the championship game will be at 4 p.m.
The Roos fell behind in the first set 11-9 before rallying to pull head 17-14. The score then became 20-15 after senior Danielle Swanston (Burke, N.Y.) pounded down one of her six kills. The Roos pushed it to set point and sophomore Caitlin Grimshaw (Adams, N.Y.) finished the Cougars off with a beautiful block at the middle of the net and the Roos prevailed 25-18.
Cincinnati-Clermont came out firing in the second set and quickly jumped ahead 6-0. The Roos pulled off a tremendous rally with seven straight points, all off the serving of sophomore Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, N.Y.) who finished the match with four aces. SUNY Canton never trailed after that and freshman Rachel Lowther (Woodbridge, Va.) closed out the match with a hard kill on the right side giving the Roos a 2-0 victory.
Lowther and Swanston each finished with six kills apiece. Sophomore Mackenzie Mynter (Churchville, N.Y.) had 18 assists and four kills. Freshman Morgan Bills (Walworth, N.Y.) also had four kills. Sophomore Jessica Reynolds (Oakville, Ontario) added four digs and three kills and Carroll also had five digs.