NEW YORK – The Plattsburgh State volleyball team dropped a pair of matches at the New York State Challenge hosted by New York University on Friday. The Cardinals fell to 12-19 in 2012 with the setbacks.
Thanks to terminations from Jeanette Braun and Maggie Schratz, the Cardinals were able to begin the match on a 4-1 run. NYU was instrumental in the success of Plattsburgh State early on as well, though, committing four miscues that helped the Cardinals own a 10-7 lead in the early stages of the frame.
After controlling the pace of play early on in the set, the Cardinals fell behind for the first time when the Violets’ offense awoke with four consecutive kills to give the home team an 11-10 advantage.
After swapping points, a service ace from Amanda Wickers kick-started a 3-0 Plattsburgh State run to give the Cardinals a 16-13 lead. That lead, though, did not last long as the Violets employed a 9-1 run to take control of the set. A service error by Allie Williams coupled with a termination from Cummings brought the Cardinals to within three points at 22-19, but the next three scores went to NYU as the host institution took a 1-0 lead.
After allowing NYU to hit .268 in the first set, the defense for the Cardinals buckled down and limited the Violets to a .119 mark in the second frame. Plattsburgh State opened the set on an 8-1 run and never looked back to tie matters at one each. Laura Diehl led the Cardinals in the second frame, smashing home four kills while Braun added two to the cause.
The offensive potency for the Cardinals didn’t last long, though, as they never rose above the .000 mark in terms of attack percentage in the third set. Theresa Lilly posted a kill in the early minutes to make it 2-0 Cardinals but the Violets took over from there, seeing their lead grow to as many as nine points in the set before taking a 25-14 decision and a 2-1 lead.