Volleyball closes Oneonta Invitational with split


ONEONTA, N.Y.—The second day of the Oneonta Invitational was very similar to the first for the SUNY Potsdam volleyball team. The Bears opened the day with a loss, 3-0 to Houghton College, but bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Emmanuel College. Junior setter Jenna Blujus was named to the all-tournament team.

Against the Highlanders, Potsdam was edged in the first two matches by identical 26-24 scores, before falling 25-14 in the finale. Senior middle hitter Kayla Howard led the Bears' attack with 10 kills. Blujus contributed 21 assists and junior outside hitter Dakota Pruiss added nine digs and five kills.

Potsdam was stronger against the Saints, registering three straight victories by scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-13. Pruiss paced the Bears with 11 kills, while Howard finished with nine and freshman right side Rachel Auerbach totaled eight. Blujus remained in top form with 32 assists, four aces and eight digs. Senior libero Jill Dye rounded out the leaders with nine digs.

Bears Head Coach Steve Pike saw a lot of positives from the opening weekend, but admitted there's a lot of room for improvement.

“Everyone played and contributed and we had some strong play from our veterans, but we're still figuring some things out right now,” said Pike. “We need to be more consistent overall. Getting to that point is what the early part of the season is about. Now we have to get prepared for Clarkson.”

Next, the Bears travel across town to face the Golden Knights on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. Potsdam returns home Friday to host the two-day Victory Promotions Invitational.