PLATTSBURGH — On a night where Rosi Cummings recorded her 1,000th career kill in front of a sizable pro-Plattsburgh State congregation, the Cardinals couldn’t overcome some strong play down the stretch from St. Lawrence as they fell 3-2 (25-16, 15-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-10) in a nonconference battle against the Saints.
Thanks to the setback against their North Country rivals, the Cardinals slip to 8-12 while St. Lawrence – the second-place squad in the Liberty League – improves to 15-6 in 2013.
For the majority of the first set, neither team could obtain any sort of sizable lead until the Saints made a late offensive push to take a 1-0 lead. With the score knotted at 15, things started clicking for the away team as Catherine Rowell floored a kill to begin a set-clinching 10-1 run.
Whenever the Cardinals tried to close the gap, they were met at the front of the net by any number of St. Lawrence defenders. During the spurt, the Saints tallied three of their 10 blocks in the match. Cummings blasted the only Plattsburgh State kill of the run to make things 20-16, but the Saints rang up the next five points.
Due to a strong service game from sophomore Laura Diehl, the Cardinals were able to knot the match at one. Trailing 3-2 in the second frame, the Cardinals ran off nine consecutive points which included back-to-back service aces from the Manorville, N.Y., product.
Armed with a comfortable advantage, the Cardinals were able to keep the Saints at arm’s length through the remainder of the set. The closest St. Lawrence came to the Cardinals was six points away, and Kristen Marchisotto put the 25th Plattsburgh State point on the board with a service ace.
Instead of keeping the Saints on their heels to begin the third set, Plattsburgh State allowed the visitors to begin the frame on a 9-4 run before head coach Dean O’Connell called a timeout to calm her team down.