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SLU's Piper MVP of Canton Classic Vball Tournament

Sophomore Natalie Piper recorded 10 kills, three blocks and seven digs and was named the Canton Classic Tournament MVP, leading the St. Lawrence University volleyball team to a 3-0 win over SUNY Canton on Saturday afternoon in Canton, New York.

The Saints finished their tournament sweep topping the Roos in three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-21.

Julia Wagner recorded nine kills and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team, while Vivian Susko recorded 12 digs and two service aces and Jenna Britton assisted on 29 plays. Amanda Teppo also added three blocks for the Saints, while Annika Kreppein finished with seven kills.

St. Lawrence jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first set and extended its lead to 18-11 and 24-13, before claiming the set 25-15 on Canton's ball handling error.

The Roos took an early lead in the second set, but the Saints tied the set at four and held the lead through the remainder of the set, finishing on a 5-2 run for the 25-17 win with a kill from Mac Barnes.

The Saints finished off the three-set win holding the lead throughout the third set, posting back-to-back kills from Piper and Teppo and capitalizing on a Roos attacking error for the win.

"Today's match was one of our better performances in winning the battle of the first contact," said head coach Shelly Roiger. "We served well and were able to have Canton out of system for most of the match, and on the other side of things, our serve receive was on the majority of the time which allowed our setters to distribute the ball. As usual, we had several people step in ready to make contributions when their opportunity came and it was a nice match to finish the weekend sweep."

Marissa Ixtlahauc and Melissa McMaster led SUNY Canton with six kills each, while Ashton Houppert finished with 19 assists and Jenna Roat recorded 15 digs and two service aces.

St. Lawrence topped the Roos in kills (40-24), service aces (7-2), blocks (5-2) and digs (49-39).

The Saints improved to 17-3 on the season, while SUNY Canton fell to 4-14.

The Scarlet and Brown will return to league action and face Union and Skidmore on the road on October 11-12.


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