Knights volleyball falls in four sets to Vassar
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 8:22 am

Poughkeepsie, NY – In another impressive effort on defense, junior Kate Isaksen notched 34 digs but the effort wasn't enough in a four-set defeat for the Clarkson University Volleyball team as the Golden Knights came up short against Vassar, 25-16, 16-25, 25-19, 25-23, on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Knights saw their record fall to 9-8 overall and 2-3 in Liberty League contests, while Vassar moved to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in conference matches. Clarkson will head to Pennsylvania next weekend for three non-league games before returning home for its final to league games.

In the opening set, the Golden Knights hit just .091 and quickly saw a 9-6 deficit turn into a six-point margin at 12-6. Clarkson would never cut the lead to five, but it would never get closer than that as Vassar cruised to an opening set win.

Set two was a different story, as Clarkson's offense found a rhythm midway through the game. Up by two near the midway points, Savannah Peters scored a kill to start a 10-1 run, with seven of those points coming on Clarkson kills. Kendall Cheval and Maddie Bredehoeft each delivered two kills in the run as the Knights enjoyed a blowout win the set.

The third set saw Clarkson rush out to a 4-0 lead, but Vassar quickly recovered to gain a three-point edge (10-7). The Knights trailed by just two points (15-13) a little after the midway mark, but Vassar picked up four straight points, with the first two coming on kills from Jane McLeod, to gain some breathing room which the Brewers would never relinquish.

In the fourth, Vassar scored five straight points early on to turn a one-point advantage into six, gaining a 12-6 lead when Sara Ehnstrom picked up a kill. The margin would increase to seven, but the Knights chipped away and pulled to within two on four occasions before finally completing the run and tying the set up at 19-19. Attack errors twice put Clarkson up a point late (21-20, 22-21), but Vassar scored three straight points to put the Knights on the verge of defeat. Meghan Edmund scored a kill for a brief reprieve, but a kill from McLeod ended the fourth set and the match.

Rachel Reusch scored 16 kills and added four block assists while Maddie Bredehoeft had a double-double on 10 kills and 22 digs. Kate Isaksen produced 34 digs and Haley Aud matched that number in assists. Celestial Barrera-Lopez also picked up 15 digs.

For Vassar, Devan Gallagher produced a double-double on 16 kills and 19 digs and McLeod had 13 kills and three aces. Annie MacMillan also had a double-double on 39 assists and 12 digs, while Anna Zucchero recorded 26 digs for the Brewers.