SUNY Cortland pulls off sweep
Red Dragons defeat fourth-seeded Clarkson 25-20, 25-16, 25-22
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- SUNY Cortland advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament with a straight-set victory against host Clarkson. The top-seeded Red Dragons defeated the fourth-seeded Knights, 25-20, 25-16, 25-22, and will face second-seeded Middlebury on Sunday.
Cortland (41-1) posted a team attack percentage of .303 with 44 kills and 14 errors in 99 attempts. Senior middle hitter Sheena Asibey led the team with 12 kills and two solo blocks and junior outside hitter Katie Wick totaled 10 kills and 10 digs.
Senior middle hitter Kaitlyn Cooper finished with nine kills, three blocks and a .412 attack percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Barrett led the team with a .500 attack percentage as she totaled eight kills with no errors in 16 attempts.
Junior setter Kristen Guercio registered 37 assists for a 12.3 assist-per-set average. Senior outside hitter Ashley Coyle had five kills, two aces and 11 digs and senior libero Jaclyn Lawrence led the Red Dragons with 14 digs.
Clarkson finishes the season 29-9 and ties a school record for victories. Sara Artus led the Golden Knights with 13 kills, Becca Brabec totaled nine kills and Lani Durio finished with 34 assists. Adrienne Walker served four aces and Erika Chin led the team with eight digs.
Cortland used a 6-1 run to break a 4-4 tie in the first set. Clarkson, however, rallied and tied the score at 12-12 on back-to-back aces by Walker. The teams were tied five more times, the last at 17-17, before a service error and an attack error gave Cortland a 19-17 lead. Artus kept Clarkson with one at 21-20 on a kill, but the Red Dragons won the final four points on an Asibey kill and three Clarkson misplays.
The Red Dragons jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and were never seriously threatened. The third set was a different story, however, as the Golden Knights led 11-8 early and held a 17-16 advantage. Cortland, however, scored the next three points on a kill by Asibey and two Barrett kills and never trailed again.