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November 9, 2013

PSU volleyball advances to SUNYAC semifinals

NEW PALTZ — We’re here, and we’re not going anywhere.

That seemed to be the message sent by the Plattsburgh State volleyball team, as the No. 4 seed Cardinals ran over No. 5 seed SUNY Potsdam in a quarterfinal match at the SUNYAC Volleyball Championship Tournament at the Hawk Center on Friday night.

Not having played in this particular tournament since 2003, the Cardinals eased into the semifinals thanks to a .306 team attack percentage in the 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-19) triumph over their North Country rivals.

With the win, Plattsburgh State improved to 17-13 – ensuring the squad an above-.500 finish for the first time since the 1998 campaign. The Bears’ saw their season come to an end with a 15-16 mark.

Coming out of the gates looking to spring the upset, the Bears collected the first two points of the match thanks to a pair of termination from Liza Fields. That lead, though, was one of only three SUNY Potsdam would possess through the course of the one-sided bout.

Plattsburgh State responded by embarking on a 9-1 run that began with two kills off the hand of sophomore Laura Diehl. The Bears captured the next point before the Cardinals reeled off seven straight which featured two kills from team captain Rosi Cummings, one more from Diehl and a service ace by the 6-2 middle hitter.

Employing a rally of their own, the Bears crept back within one point, 10-9, before the Cardinals began to feed their third scoring option in junior Maggie Schrantz. A trio of kills from the Buffalo product accounted for half of the points during a 6-1 surge by the Cardinals which gave the higher seed a six-point advantage.

With its offense firing on all cylinders, Plattsburgh State saw its lead increase to as many as eight points during the frame. Back-to-back attack errors by the Bears proved to be the last two scores required for the Cardinals to take a 1-0 lead with a 25-17 set one victory.

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