NEW YORK — Eager to keep their winning ways going, the Plattsburgh State volleyball team finished 1-1 on their final day of competition at the Baruch Quad Invitational on Saturday. The Cardinals opened up their day with a 3-0 defeat of Centenary (N.J.) before falling in a hard-fought four-set match to Baruch in the second match.
Showing no signs of wear in their second match at the invite, the Cardinals came out and torched the Cyclones with a .333 attack percentage en route to a 3-0 victory.
Balance was the name of the game as four players accumulated eight kills or more led by Laura Diehl who finished with a team-high nine on 14 swings and a pair of attack errors. The freshman also put her serving prowess on display, smashing home five of the nine Plattsburgh State service aces in the match.
Rosi Cummings, Jeanette Braun and Theresa Lilly each finished with eight terminations and Cummings chipped in 12 digs and a service ace. Braun was especially efficient in her attacks, finishing with a .727 hitting percentage.
Kristen Marchisatto led the way with 19 assists which were complimented by a pair of services aces and eight digs. Amanda Wickers scooped up a team-high 18 digs in the 25-21, 25-9, 25-19 rout as well.
An aggressive attack strategy by Baruch to begin the contest left the Cardinals trailing 5-0 in the early minutes of the first set. Plattsburgh State had little trouble mounting a comeback though, as a trio of attack errors by the hosts coupled with kills from Diehl and Marchisatto as well as a service ace from the latter tied things up at six.
Plattsburgh State was never able to obtain a lead in the set, though, and found itself down 17-11 in the middle states of the frame before making things interesting in the closing points. A termination from Cummings brought the visitors to within one at 22-21, but the Bearcats had the response on the next point to take a two-point lead. The Cardinals nearly forced extra points thanks to another Baruch miscue that made things 24-23, but Jessica Wu tallied one of her 17 kills to put the Cardinals in a 1-0 hole.