CORTLAND — Less than 48 hours after drawing the curtain on her collegiate career, Rosi Cummings was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Player of the Year it was announced by the league office Monday evening.
In addition to her Player of the Year accolade, Cummings earned a spot on the All-SUNYAC First Team. Two other Plattsburgh State student-athletes - senior libero Amanda Wickers and sophomore middle hitter Laura Diehl - were selected to the All-SUNYAC Third Team. Every major award winner and all-conference member is a result of a collection of votes turned in by the coaches of the 10-team league.
Cummings, who has been a two-time All-SUNYAC Second Team selection, led the Cardinals to one of their best seasons in program history. The Plattsburgh product spearheaded the Plattsburgh State attack plan and averaged a SUNYAC-best 3.5 kills per set. That kills per set figure is also the 73rd-best among all NCAA Division III volleyball players.
In 2013 alone, Cummings racked up 437 total kills which was the third-highest single-season total in the history of the program. On Oct. 8, Cummings floored her 1,000th kill in a Plattsburgh State uniform in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of St. Lawrence in Memorial Hall. For her career, Cummings has put down 1,183 kills.
Not solely limiting her volleyball talents to the front row, Cummings finished the season second among her teammates in terms of digs (399), digs per set (3.19) and service aces (39).
Few players in the SUNYAC could claim to be better front row performers than Diehl in 2013. The towering 6-2 sophomore middle blocker out of Manorville, N.Y., was the fourth-most efficient attacker in the 10-team league as she sported a hitting percentage of .300 through the season. Additionally, her kills per set average of 2.43 was the ninth-highest mark in the league. All told, Diehl amassed some 304 terminations through the course of 2013 which was second only to Cummings in the Plattsburgh State ranks.
On the defensive side of the net, Diehl made opposing hitters think twice before sending attack attempts her way, as she registered a team-high 100 blocks. That total was the eighth-best in the league.
Wickers played in 97 sets during her final collegiate campaign, and led the Cardinals in digs (428) from her libero position. The native of Bohemia, N.Y., saw that total dig number break down to a per-set average of 4.41. Only three other student-athletes in the SUNYAC possessed a better digs per set average in 2013.
Additionally, Wickers represented the Cardinals on the Roger Williams University Invitational All-Tournament Team by averaging 15 digs in each of Plattsburgh State’s four matches during their season-opening trip to Rhode Island.
This past weekend, the Cardinals put the wraps on one of the best season in program history as they concluded their campaign with a 17-15 mark – their first season over the .500 mark since 1998. During conference play, Plattsburgh State rolled up a record of 6-3 and earned the No. 4 seed in the SUNYAC Volleyball Championship Tournament.
Plattsburgh State advanced to the semifinals at the league tournament by defeating No. 5 seed SUNY Potsdam 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-19). That victory – and the appearance by the Cardinals in the league tournament – was the first since the 2003 season.