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Volleyball defeats top teams to end regular season

by Bart Snyder - Contributing Writer
Tue, Nov 5th 2019 09:00 pm
The seniors on the volleyball team were honored before the team's match against St. John Fisher College on Saturday, Nov. 2. Brockport won the match 3-0.
The seniors on the volleyball team were honored before the team's match against St. John Fisher College on Saturday, Nov. 2. Brockport won the match 3-0.

The College at Brockport volleyball team closed out its regular season in dominating fashion. On Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, Brockport faced three tough opponents, taking on Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University and St. John Fisher College. Clarkson is #2 in the New York region, St. Lawrence is #9 in the region and Brockport is #10. St. John Fisher is undefeated in Empire 8 play this season. 

Brockport opened the tournament on Friday with a match against Clarkson. The Golden Eagles took the first set 25-17, thanks to a 7-0 run. The second set saw Brockport fend off a late surge by Clarkson and hold on to win 25-22. The Golden Eagles lead late once again in the third set, however Clarkson took 11 of the final 13 points, capturing a point. Brockport started the fourth set strong by opening up a 12-3 lead. Clarkson was not able to overcome this deficit and the Golden Eagles took the third set by a score of 25-17 and the match 3-1. 

Brockport started its day on Saturday with a match against St. Lawrence. In the first set against the Saints, the Golden Eagles got out to an early 6-1 lead. The Saints fought back to tie it at 13, eventually taking the lead. Brockport never let the lead grow to more than three points and managed to come from behind and take five of the last seven points to win the set. The second set was tightly contested early, with neither team leading by more than three until Brockport took a 15-11 lead. The Golden Eagles eventually went on a 7-1 run to pull ahead by nine. They won the set 25-19, giving them a 2-0 lead in the match. Brockport jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third set, one it would not relinquish. Despite multiple runs by St. Lawrence, Brockport was able to hold on and win the third set 25-22 to complete the sweep. 

The final match of the weekend for Brockport was against St. John Fisher. Brockport never trailed in the first set and scored nine of the final 13 points to take the first set 25-20. The Golden Eagles started the second set strong and took an early 8-0 advantage. Following the hot start, Brockport never led by fewer than six points, winning the set by a score of 25-15. The green and gold once again started strong in the third set, opening up an 8-2 lead. Brockport never trailed in this set, winning 25-21. The Golden Eagles finished the weekend 3-0 and only dropped one of the 10 sets they played. 

Brockport’s match against St. John Fisher was also its last at home in 2019. The Golden Eagles will be losing four seniors at the conclusion of the season. The seniors, middle blocker Elena Grossman, outside hitter Lindsey Luce, defensive specialist Kristen Lansburg and setter Abbey Manning, were honored before the match. The four have exemplified what it means to be a Golden Eagle over their time with the program, according to Brockport head coach Steve Pike. 

“They are exactly what it looks like to be a part of Brockport volleyball,” Pike said. “Giving and working off the court and on the court, just getting better every single day.” 

Prior to this weekend’s Brockport Invite, the Golden Eagles had already clinched a playoff spot, including a first-round bye in the SUNYAC playoffs. They will enter the postseason riding an eight-game win streak, including winning their last five SUNYAC matches. The team will look to carry that momentum into its postseason matches. 

“We need to practice how we intend to play,” sophomore defensive specialist Ellen Paddock said. “That will help our momentum carry over through the week.” 

Brockport will head to SUNY Geneseo on Friday, Nov. 8 for the semifinals of the SUNYAC Tournament. The Golden Eagles will play the winner of the SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego quarterfinals match. The semifinal match will be Friday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. If it advances, Brockport will play in the SUNYAC championship game on Saturday Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. 

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