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Host Clarkson Advances At NCAA Vball Regional

Potsdam, NY – All four matches at the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament's Potsdam Regional resulted in sweeps, including the Clarkson University Volleyball team's three-set victory over Westfield State in the finale of the opening day of games in New York. Clarkson downed Westfield State 25-14, 25-6, 25-13 to advance to the Potsdam Regional Semifinals against fourth-seeded Wellesley. That match will take place at 5:00 pm, while the first regional semifinal between third-seed Wesleyan and second-seed Ithaca begins at 2:30 pm at Alumni Gymnasium. The Golden Knights improved to 26-5 on the season with the victory, hitting .380 overall with 48 kills against just seven errors in 108 attempts. The Owls saw their season end with a mark of 14-17. Although the first set was the closest among the three, Clarkson's offense was otherworldly in the opener as the Knights hit .630 (18-1-27), receiving options for a variety of hitters, including seniors Maddie Bredehoeft and Delaney Harrison. Bredehoeft dropped in five kills in the set and Harrison scored all four of hers in the first game as well. Clarkson held a modest lead (9-5) after giving the Owls a point on a service error, but Clarkson steadily pulled away after the 21st point of the match. Clarkson led 12-8 and quickly found itself out in front by nine, 19-10. Basically trading points for the remainder of the game allowed Clarkson to take a 25-14 win with kills from Gillian Kurtic, Harrison, and Kristin Werdine, with the ender coming on a solo block by Kurtic. The second set saw Kristin Werdine go on a lengthy service run that turned a 3-3 tie into a 21-3 lead with an assortment of kills, including eight from Bredehoeft, as well as three aces from Werdine. Although Westfield State finally got out of its funk, the lead was way too much to overcome and helped Clarkson carry momentum into the third game. Bredehoeft did much of her damage early on in the set, scoring five kills among Clarkson's first 14 points as the Knights gained a 14-4 advantage. Up by double digits, Clarkson saw its advantage drop to as few as six (17-11) on back-to-back kills from Shawna Crowley, but that was the last gasp for the Owls as Clarkson scored eight of the final 10 points, including a pair of kills from Ocean Bryan that finished off the match. Bredehoeft hit .586 with 18 kills against a single error in 29 swings, while Werdine added 10 kills, 14 digs and 4 aces. Rachel Reusch had eight kills and Isabelle Crow notched 43 assists and 11 digs. Kate Isaksen also picked up 18 digs and three assists. For Westfield State, Shawna Crowley had 11 kills, Ally Rega produced 17 assists and Lizzie Taylor matched her opposite with 18 digs.

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