Volleyball wins tournament title
The Hamilton College volleyball team (6-3) won three of four matches over the weekend to claim a share of the tournament title at the 2014 SUNY Oswego Tournament.
Potsdam box score | Bard box score | Oswego box score | St. Lawrence box score
The championship, which the Continentals shared with the host Lakers and St. Lawrence, was the program’s first since winning Kean’s Cougar Classic in 2012. Oswego and St. Lawrence also posted 3-1 records.
Hamilton posted wins over Potsdam (18-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-19) and Bard (25-11, 25-8, 25-12) Friday, and opened Saturday’s competition with a five-set loss to Oswego (22-25, 28-26, 25-22, 23-25, 12-15) before bouncing back to defeat St. Lawrence in four (25-19, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22).
Margaret O’Brien ’18, who earned a berth on the all-tournament team, led the Continentals with a season-high 11 kills in their opening win over Potsdam. Jessica Weston ’17, who led Hamilton with three blocks, added eight kills and Courtney Brown ’18 and Emma Lonadier ’15 added seven and six, respectively.
Anna Brown ‘15, who was Hamilton’s other all-tournament selection, collected a team-best 16 digs with Courtney Brown, Kyndal Burdin ’18 and Christine Zizzi ’18 each finishing with eight. Burdin posted team-best figures of 38 assists and six service aces. Courtney Brown served three aces.
Weston recorded a career-best hitting percentage of .632 in the sweep of Bard, collecting 12 kills with no errors in 19 attempts, and Courtney Brown contributed seven kills. Weston, Zizzi and Anna Brown notched three aces apiece and Julia Smith '18 had 15 assists.
The host Lakers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to force a decisive fifth set, then erased Hamilton’s 9-7 lead with a 5-1 run in Saturday’s first match. The Continentals staged a second-set rally to turn a 22-18 deficit into a 28-26 victory. Jamie Granskie ’16 came up with kills on consecutive possessions with Oswego a point away from a win, and Hamilton clinched the victory on a kill by Courtney Brown and a block by O’Brien.
O’Brien posted season-high totals of 12 kills and 11 blocks. Weston led the Continentals with 12 kills and added three blocks. Burdin totaled 42 assists and 15 digs. Anna Brown led Hamilton with 19 digs and Emily Rosen '15 contributed 11. Courtney Brown finished with 10 digs and six kills.
In the St. Lawrence win, Burdin led the team with 29 assists and three service aces. O’Brien had nine kills and three blocks and Anna Brown added three aces and a team-best 13 digs.
The Continentals open their home season on Friday, Sept. 19, hosting NESCAC rival Bates College at 8 p.m. in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The match will also be Hamilton’s conference opener.