Clarkson beats NYU to secure spot in regional championship game
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- With 15 kills from Xiao Liang, Clarkson was able to set up a rematch of last year's New York Regional final as the Golden Knights held on for a four-set victory (25-13, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18) against fourth-seeded New York University on Saturday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights improved to 35-6 overall, while the Violets finished off their season at 28-8. Clarkson will take on third-seeded SUNY New Paltz, a team that the Knights beat in five sets last year to claim the regional championship.
Liang finished with 15 kills and just four errors in 28 swings, hitting .393 for the match. Lani Durio ran the offense with 45 assists and 11 digs and Erika Chin added a match-high 19 digs and four aces. Victoria Kirkemo produced 14 kills, 10 digs, and three aces, and Aishvina Arasu had 10 kills.
Gigi Morally came off the bench for NYU to record a team-high seven kills. Emily Moore led the team with 24 assists and 14 digs, and MaTia Hughes also added 14 digs.