October 12, 2013

Cardinals defeat Cortland in SUNYAC volleyball


---- — POTSDAM — Employing an impressive team hitting percentage of .331 as well as a match-high 19 kills from Rosi Cummings, the Plattsburgh State volleyball team began its second SUNYAC Pool Play weekend with a 3-1 victory over SUNY Cortland at the Maxcy Field House in Potsdam on Friday evening.

With the 23-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 triumph, the Cardinals (9-12, 2-2 SUNYAC) have earned their second conference win in a season for the first time since the 2007 campaign.

In what turned out to be an extremely close match throughout, the Red Dragons (11-13, 2-2 SUNYAC) came out and posted a 25-23 victory in the first set before the Cardinals took over for good. SUNY Cortland hit .278 in the opening frame, but thanks to a strong defensive game plan by the Cardinals, the Red Dragons would only see that number drop as the sets went on.

After Plattsburgh State took the second set by a 25-21 tally, the Cardinals began to solve the Red Dragons' attacking scheme. During the third frame, Plattsburgh State limited SUNY Cortland to just nine kills and a hitting percentage of .097.

As was the case in the third set, Plattsburgh State allowed SUNY Cortland to floor just nine kills in the deciding set. One of the big differences in the close match proved to be the service game of the Cardinals. As a squad, Plattsburgh State racked up nine service aces compared to just seven by the Red Dragons.

Cummings completed another double-double with a match-high 14 digs. Joining her teammate in double-digit kills was junior Maggie Schrantz who added 13 terminations on just 24 attack attempts (.500 hitting percentage).

Junior Meghan Clifford (24) and sophomore Kristen Marchisotto (21) passed out 45 of the 46 assists for the Cardinals during the tilt. Sophomore Laura Diehl chipped in nine kills and three block assists.

Ava Hintz led the way for the Red Dragons with 14 kills while Krissy Silk scooped up a match-high 18 digs. The Red Dragons held an 8-6 blocking advantage over the Cardinals.

Plattsburgh State will look to put together its first conference winning streak in recent memory when the Cardinals take part in another pair of league matches on Saturday. The first test for the Cardinals will be the host SUNY Potsdam Bears, with the two teams scheduled to face off at 10 a.m. After battling their North Country rivals, the Cardinals will take on Oswego State at 3 p.m.