October 6, 2012

PSU volleyball gets back into win column

NEW YORK — It took nearly one month and a trip to New York City, but the Plattsburgh State volleyball team was able to get back in the win column with a 3-1 triumph over Medaille College in the opening match of the Baruch Quad Invitational on Friday.

With the 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 win, the Cardinals improve to 8-10 overall while Baruch falls to 5-11 on the 2012 campaign.

It appeared as though the Mavericks were on their way to a 1-0 lead in the match, but the Cardinals had other ideas. After only leading once in the set, Plattsburgh State came alive at the end of the frame as Kristen Marchisatto registered a rare termination and Abby Mell and Rosi Cummings joined forces for a block that gave the Cardinals a 1-0 advantage. Medaille led by as many as four points in the set, but a .171 attacking percentage by the Cardinals allowed them to seize the early momentum.

Much like the initial set, the second frame was a close affair throughout. While the Cardinals enjoyed a three-point edge at one point, the set featured 13 deadlocks, including one at 23-23. A Maverick kill and an attack error off the hand of Maggie Schrantz tied matters at one set each.

Instead of allowing Medaille to control the remainder of the contest, the Cardinals took control over the final two sets. Facing a 15-10 deficit in the third set, the Cardinals fought back and tied things up at 16 each after a termination from senior Rosi Cummings. From there, a trio of Medaille errors would allow Plattsburgh State to take a three-point lead which was never in danger of being taken away.

Cummings registered the final pair of terminations in order to give the Cardinals their first 2-1 lead in the month of October with a 25-23 score. Despite holding the lead, it wasn’t an easy path to victory for Plattsburgh State as they had to battle through a difficult deciding set.

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