POTSDAM--Megan Mahon (Irvine, CA) and Sara Artus (St. Regis Falls, NY) combined for 32 kills with only eight errors between them, but Cortland hit just as well as the Clarkson University Volleyball team and beat the Golden Knights in four sets 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 25-19 Tuesday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights dropped to 12-2 overall, while Cortland improved to 13-3 on the season, and 5-0 all-time against Clarkson.
In the first game, Clarkson fell behind early and couldn't come all the way back, falling 25-21. In the second set, it appeared as if the Knights would endure the same fate, but trailing 16-14 in the second set, Erika Chin (Katy, TX) entered the game to serve and rallied the Knights, claiming a lead that they would not relinquish. In the second set, Clarkson started off up in the set, but Cortland ran off eight straight points to take advantage and never looked back. In the final set, the two teams were tied late (16-16), but the Red Dragons put plenty of pressure on Clarkson's defense and outscored the Knights 9-3 the rest of the way.
Mahon finished with a team-high 17 kills for Clarkson, while Artus posted 15 kills against just two errors. Freshman setter Lani Durio (Austin, TX) produced 40 assists, the third time in the past week that she has recorded that many. Defesively, Alison Schroeder (Webster, NY) led the squad with 29 digs.
"Most of the time in volleyball, the winner of the serve-pass game within the game wins the match," head coach Johan Dulfer said. "Today, Cortland served better than we passed, and passed better than we served, and so they won that serve-pass game. "I think Cortland played one of their best matches of the season, and we didn't match their mental conviction and tenacity. When we show up, we can play with any team, but we got out competed tonight. I am convinced, however, that the next time we take our home court against St. Lawrence, we'll be ready."