Union, N.J. (11/9/12) – The Kean University women's volleyball team topped visiting SUNY Potsdam in highly contested straight sets on Friday evening in the first round of the ECAC Metro/Upstate Tournament.
With the win, the #4 Cougars (28-10) will travel to #1 New York University on Saturday morning for semifinal action at 11 a.m. The loss drops the #5 Bears to 23-17 to finish the 2012 season.
Kean was led by sophomore Aysia Peterson (pictured left) who recorded a game-high 14 kills. Potsdam was led by junior Dakota Pruiss who tallied 11 kills along with an amazing .611 attack percentage.
It was a back-and-forth battle in the first set, with neither team leading by more than four points. Leading 23-20, two attack errors by the Cougars closed the set to one point (23-22). A kill from Peterson gave Kean set point, but the Bears responded with blocks from senior Kayla Howard and rookie Rachel Auerbach to close within one, 24-23. Rookie Rachael Wells closed out the set with a kill for a 25-23 set win.
The second set faired similar to the first, with no team leading by more than three points. Leading, 22-20, Kean used a kill from sophomore Alix Denison, a Bear attack error and a kill from senior Amanda Gonzalez to pull away, 24-20. Potsdam kept the set alive with a kill from Howard and blocks from senior Anne Fildes and junior Sara Anderson. Gonzalez closed out the set with a kill to give Kean a 2-0 advantage.
In a much tighter third set, it was Potsdam that held the late edge as back-to-back kills from Fildes gave the Bears a 22-19 lead. A Cougar timeout broke up the string and inched Kean closer at 22-20 with a kill from Gonzalez. Hansen tied things at 23-all with a service ace and after trading points, the Cougars were able to put the match away with kills from Peterson and sophomore Alana Aranjo.
Aranjo finished with 40 assists while Hansen added nine kills, two aces and two assisted blocks. Wells tallied seven kills (.400 attack percentage) and Gonzalez registered eight kills.
For the Bears, setter Jenna Blujus recorded a double-double 26 assists along with 10 digs. Auerbach finished with sven kills, eight digs and three blocks.