POTSDAM — It has been quite some time since the Plattsburgh State volleyball team has made this much noise in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). To be precise, no Plattsburgh State squad since the 2003 edition has managed to earn more than three conference victories in a single season.
That particular streak came to an end on Saturday afternoon in Potsdam when the Cardinals (11-12, 4-2 SUNYAC) continued to prove that they are a team on the rise after triumphs over former SUNYAC unbeaten SUNY Potsdam and long-time rival Oswego State.
There were few things the Cardinals didn’t do extremely well as Plattsburgh State handed the host Bears (12-11, 4-1 SUNYAC) their first SUNYAC setback of the 2013 campaign. Through the course of the five-set thriller, Plattsburgh State hit an efficient .418 as a team and held a 10-2 blocking advantage over their North Country rivals.
Much like what transpired on Friday evening, the Cardinals spent the first set trying to identify the weak points in their opponents’ offensive and defensive schemes. Although the SUNY Potsdam hit .353 to emerge victorious in the first set via a 25-21 tally, Plattsburgh State was able to figure out exactly how to give the Bears fits for the rest of the match.
A shored-up defensive game plan helped the Cardinals limit the Bears to a .185 attack percentage in the second set.
Plattsburgh State’s offense came to life as well, helping the Cardinals knot the match at one set each thanks to a 25-19 score.
SUNY Potsdam came away with their final victory of the match when they took a 2-1 lead thanks to a 25-20 third set. From there, Plattsburgh State relied on the tandem of Rosi Cummings and Laura Diehl to come back and earn their third SUNYAC victory of the season.
Cummings hammered down a match-high 18 kills on just 35 swings and completed yet another double-double with a team-high 17 digs. The most efficient player on the floor, Diehl added another 14 terminations for the Cardinals while hitting a match-high .737. The towering sophomore out of Manorville, N.Y., also added three solo blocks and a quartet of block assists.