October 5, 2013

Cardinal volleyball drops nonleague contest


---- — ROCHESTER — Some untimely scoring runs by Buffalo State and a blocking scheme that proved tough to navigate for the Cardinals resulted in a 3-1 defeat for Plattsburgh State at the hands of the Bengals on Friday night at Kidera Gymnasium on the campus of Nazareth College.

Competing in the second match of the Purple & Gold Invitational, Plattsburgh State falls to 11-6 while the Bengals improve to 13-6 during the 2013 campaign.

Plattsburgh State had to dodge some early pressure from the Bengals who built a 6-2 lead in the early stages of the first set. After Buffalo State did their damage, the Cardinals countered with some of their own to take control of the frame.

Kristen Marchisotto set up Rosi Cummings, Maggie Schrantz and Jeanette Braun who put down three straight kills to begin an 8-1 Plattsburgh State surge. The Bengals were their own worst enemy during the spurt, as their attack errors accounted for the remaining five markers.

The Bengals took the lead just one more time in the set, and with the scoreboard displaying 17-16 in favor of the Cardinals, a 7-3 run by Plattsburgh State effectively shut down Buffalo State. Schrantz smashed down the final kill of the frame to make it 1-0 Cardinals.

Instead of keeping their momentum rolling, the Cardinals quickly relinquished it to the Bengals who began the second set on a 10-4 spurt. Plattsburgh State never led in the set, but knotted matters at 11 with a 6-0 run that was capped off by a service ace from Cummings.

Laura Diehl was able to tie things at 15 with one of her eight terminations, but the Bengals responded with a 6-2 stretch which proved to be too much for the Cardinals to overcome.

With their offense motoring along at a good clip, the Bengals employed a 9-2 run during the onset of the third frame to deflate the Cardinals even further. A Buffalo State attack error allowed the Cardinals to close to within five points (12-7), but a 5-0 surge by the Bengals put things out of reach.

Much like what occurred in the third frame, Buffalo State embarked on a 12-3 run to open the deciding set. A pair of Meghan Clifford service aces highlighted a 5-0 Plattsburgh State surge that cut the Bengals’ lead to 14-10, but Buffalo State managed to regroup and build their lead back up to seven points (19-12).

Late in the frame, Diehl took it upon herself to try and force a decisive fifth set. The sophomore floored a kill before coming up with a pair of solo blocks that drew the Cardinals within three points, 22-19.

Despite the late Plattsburgh State push, a pair of Buffalo State kills and an attack error by the Cardinals closed out the match for the Bengals.

Cummings led the Plattsburgh State offensive effort with a match-high 15 kills. The Plattsburgh product – along with senior Amanda Wickers - also ran down a match-high 25 digs. Schrantz added 11 kills for the Cardinals, but Buffalo State held an 11-5 advantage in blocking to help them win the match.

Clifford passed out 23 digs while Marchisotto added 15. Plattsburgh State hit just .076 during the bout while the Bengals managed an attack percentage of .153.

Jessica Crooks led the Bengals with 14 kills as well as a pair of solo blocks and three block assists while teammate Samantha Perente added 13 terminations of her own. Both teams registered 84 digs.

The turnaround time will once again be somewhat short for the Cardinals who will be back at it at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Plattsburgh State will take the court at that time for a clash against host institution Nazareth before a 1 p.m. draw against Ithaca.