Bears Volleyball earns split on Day 1 at Oneonta Invitational


ONEONTA, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam volleyball team opened its season with a split on Day One of the Oneonta invitational. The Bears fell to Union College 3-1 in their season opener, but rebounded with a 3-0 sweep over SUNYIT.

Potsdam started quickly against the Dutchwomen, winning the first set 25-21 despite being down 9-2. However, Union rallied for three straight wins by 25-21, 25-19, and 25-18 scores. Junior outside hitter Dakota Pruiss led the Bears with 10 kills.

“I was glad to see how we battled,” said Potsdam Head Coach Steve Pike. “For the last three sets they out-executed us, kept us out of system, and did a better job of attacking than we did.”

The Bears steamrolled the Wildcats in their second match of the night cruising to 25-21, 25-21, and 25-14 victories. Statistics from the match were incomplete.

“Everyone got to play and contributed,” Pike said of the victory. “The offense ran through Rachel Auerbach, Sara Anderson and Kayla Howard and Jenna Blujus played very well. Dakota went on a serving run of six or seven aces and Jill Dye passed very well.

Potsdam (1-1) will face Houghton College tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by either a 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. to wrap up the tournament.