Volleyball sweeps Golden Eagles, Hawks in perfect weekend at Brockport Invite


BROCKPORT, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam volleyball team (13-8) completed its perfect 3-0 weekend at the Brockport Invitational with sweeps of the host Golden Eagles (6-15) and Hilbert College (11-7). The Bears didn't lose a set on the weekend. Senior libero Jill Dye and junior setter Jenna Blujus were named to the all-tournament team.

In the early match against Brockport, Potsdam started quickly and never took its foot off the gas. The Bears streaked to 25-18, 25-17, and 25-16 victories over the Golden Eagles. Junior outside hitter Dakota Pruiss led Potsdam's offense with 10 kills and also added five digs. Blujus had 28 assists, 11 digs and six kills, while Dye contributed 20 digs.

“We came out with a good game plan and the girls executed it really well,” said Bears Head Coach Steve Pike. “We did a great job with our serving and we were able to keep them a little bit off balance. Brockport fought hard and played us tough, but I like the ways we found to score and kept it going. “

The Hawks started well in the first set of the later match, charging out to a 7-2 lead, but it wasn't enough as Potsdam bounced back for a 25-23 victory. The Bears then pulled away for 25-21 and 25-18 wins in the final two games. Blujus led the charge with 21 assists and 14 digs. Freshman right side Rachel Auerbach had a team-high seven kills and added three digs and two blocks. Pruiss finished with five kills and 10 digs. Sophomore libero Gabby Arana posted 11 digs and senior outside hitter Kayla Howard rounded out the leaders with five kills and two blocks.

“Hilbert came out with good intensity on the first few balls, but we battled back,” added Pike. “We just played consistent from the middle of the first set on out. We saw some good things out there from Dakota and Rachel. Gabby came off the bench and did some good things for us for us in the back row and passing in both matches today. I'm happy that our defense is improving.”

The Bears take their three-match winning streak into Tuesday's home contest against St. Lawrence at 7 p.m. Potsdam downed the Saints 3-1 in Canton on Sept. 11.