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NO. 1 Clarkson Tops SLU In Vball


Natalie Piper recorded eight kills, four blocks and added 17 digs and Amanda Teppo also finished with four blocks, but the fourth-seeded St. Lawrence University volleyball team fell to No. 1 Clarkson 3-0 in game one of the Liberty League semifinals on Friday evening in Potsdam, New York.

The Saints closed the season 22-10 overall and made their first trip to the postseason since 2015.

The Golden Knights topped the Saints in three sets, by scores of 26-24, 25-17 and 25-17.

Julia Wagner added seven kills for the Saints, while Jenna Britton assisted on 24 plays and Vivian Susko and Reagan Collier-Hogan finished with eight digs each. Britton, Susko and Leila recorded one service ace each.

The Saints and the Golden Knights battled through 14 ties in the back-and-forth first set. The Saints tied the set 23-23 on a kill from Wagner, but Clarkson claimed the first set 26-24 on back-to-back kills from Rachel Reusch.

Clarkson jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set and the Golden Knights extended their lead to 11-6 and 20-13, before finishing off the set 25-17 on a kill from Maddie Bredehoeft.

The Saints looked to rally in the third and jumped out to a 7-2 lead. The Golden Knights pushed back, tying third set at nine and taking a 13-10 lead and unfortunately, the Saints weren't able to come any closer as Clarkson finished the final set on a 6-2 run for the win.

"I can't say enough about how proud I am for the fight that this team came out with tonight," said head coach Shelly Roiger. "We played absolutely fearless, a complete and total turn-around from our match against Clarkson earlier this season. The end of the first set was a dagger for us. We had an opportunity to jump out 1-0 on Clarkson to start the match and we just couldn't string together enough quality contacts to get it done. Clarkson raised their aggressiveness with their serve during the second set and we did not respond well. However, I thought we got back to our game plan and cleaned up our first contact in set three but again, we just had too many unforced errors. Clarkson certainly deserved the wins, but I'm proud of our team for limiting the success of their top two offensive options. They had other hitters step up and get the job done, which is what great teams are capable of doing so credit Clarkson with having the depth to do so."

"When that match from mid-October was over, the team was extremely disappointed and angry and they knew that they wanted another shot at Clarkson. When the playoff brackets were set, we got our wish. I am proud of how our team represented themselves, our program and St. Lawrence University tonight. They came out on the court tonight with a lot of confidence and they were driven in a situation where many people would count us out as the fourth seed. This team has done a great job all season long of staying in the moment, focusing on the controllable, and I thought their mindset was very purposeful and intelligent. We finished the night empty, which was our goal."

Reusch led the Golden Knights with 12 kills and two service aces, while Maddie Bredehoeft finished with 10 kills and Gilliam Kurtic totaled three blocks. Isabelle Crow ran the offense with 33 assists and Kate Isaksen recorded a team-high 17 digs.

Clarkson held a 40-29 advantage in kills, but the Saints led 7-4 in blocks and 53-52 in digs.

The Golden Knights, improved to 24-5 overall, and will advance to the championship match and face the winner of second semifinal match between No. 2 Ithaca and No. 3 RIT tomorrow afternoon.

Natalie Piper recorded eight kills, four blocks and added 17 digs and Amanda Teppo also finished with four blocks, but the fourth-seeded St. Lawrence University volleyball team fell to No. 1 Clarkson 3-0 in game one of the Liberty League semifinals on Friday evening in Potsdam, New York. The Saints closed the season 22-10 overall and made their first trip to the postseason since 2015. The Golden Knights topped the Saints in three sets, by scores of 26-24, 25-17 and 25-17. Julia Wagner added seven kills for the Saints, while Jenna Britton assisted on 24 plays and Vivian Susko and Reagan Collier-Hogan finished with eight digs each. Britton, Susko and Leila recorded one service ace each. The Saints and the Golden Knights battled through 14 ties in the back-and-forth first set. The Saints tied the set 23-23 on a kill from Wagner, but Clarkson claimed the first set 26-24 on back-to-back kills from Rachel Reusch. Clarkson jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set and the Golden Knights extended their lead to 11-6 and 20-13, before finishing off the set 25-17 on a kill from Maddie Bredehoeft. The Saints looked to rally in the third and jumped out to a 7-2 lead. The Golden Knights pushed back, tying third set at nine and taking a 13-10 lead and unfortunately, the Saints weren't able to come any closer as Clarkson finished the final set on a 6-2 run for the win. "I can't say enough about how proud I am for the fight that this team came out with tonight," said head coach Shelly Roiger. "We played absolutely fearless, a complete and total turn-around from our match against Clarkson earlier this season.  The end of the first set was a dagger for us. We had an opportunity to jump out 1-0 on Clarkson to start the match and we just couldn't string together enough quality contacts to get it done. Clarkson raised their aggressiveness with their serve during the second set and we did not respond well. However, I thought we got back to our game plan and cleaned up our first contact in set three but again, we just had too many unforced errors. Clarkson certainly deserved the wins, but I'm proud of our team for limiting the success of their top two offensive options. They had other hitters step up and get the job done, which is what great teams are capable of doing so credit Clarkson with having the depth to do so." "When that match from mid-October was over, the team was extremely disappointed and angry and they knew that they wanted another shot at Clarkson. When the playoff brackets were set, we got our wish. I am proud of how our team represented themselves, our program and St. Lawrence University tonight. They came out on the court tonight with a lot of confidence and they were driven in a situation where many people would count us out as the fourth seed. This team has done a great job all season long of staying in the moment, focusing on the controllable, and I thought their mindset was very purposeful and intelligent. We finished the night empty, which was our goal." Reusch led the Golden Knights with 12 kills and two service aces, while Maddie Bredehoeft finished with 10 kills and Gilliam Kurtic totaled three blocks. Isabelle Crow ran the offense with 33 assists and Kate Isaksen recorded a team-high 17 digs. Clarkson held a 40-29 advantage in kills, but the Saints led 7-4 in blocks and 53-52 in digs. The Golden Knights, improved to 24-5 overall, and will advance to the championship match and face the winner of second semifinal match between No. 2 Ithaca and No. 3 RIT tomorrow afternoon.

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