Brown, Saints Top Plattsburgh State in Five
Sept. 25: The St. Lawrence University volleyball team held on to defeat North Country rival Plattsburgh State on Tuesday night in the Burkman Gymnasium by the score of 3-2. The Saints were led by first-year student Lexi Brown, who totaled 22 kills en route to the 21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 15-9 non-conference victory.
St. Lawrence improves to 6-12 on the season with the win that avenged an earlier loss to the Cardinals, who fall to 7-9 in 2012.
"One of our team goals is to avenge three earlier non-conference losses. Beating Plattsburgh tonight was the first step of that mission and I'm very happy for the team in their ability to accomplish that part of their goal," said St. Lawrence head coach Shelly Roiger. "After a bit of a slow start tonight, they responded very well in sets two and three specifically with some outstanding defense from our back row and our front row was able to terminate the ball. Our level of play goes where our energy takes us and it was there for us most of the night."
Plattsburgh State jumped out to a 1-0 advantage as the home team struggled to find its offense in the first set. However, the Saints came alive in the second set and squared the match at 1-1 before taking control at 2-1 with another impressive victory in the third set.
With their backs against the wall and trailing 19-16 in the fourth set, the Cardinals put together a furious 9-1 rally that stunned St. Lawrence and forced a fifth and deciding game.
Though the two teams exchanged blows throughout the fifth set, the Saints were able to gain separation thanks to Brown, who hammered several kills to give her team momentum. A lift call against the Cardinals would allow the Saints to celebrate a 15-9 win in the fifth set.
Brown closed with a game-high in kills, while Theresa Lilly and Rosi Cummings each had 10 kills for the visitors. Co-captains Jenna Street and Anna Kassab had 26 and 25 assists each for St. Lawrence, respectively, while both Street (20) and co-captain Katie Prue (21) had over 20 digs in the contest. First-year student Kate Taylor also chipped in nine block assists on the defensive end, while classmate Rebecca Doser added 13 kills.
St. Lawrence will look to carry its momentum into a crucial Liberty League weekend that includes matches against Vassar, Union, Bard and Skidmore.