Once again, it was a back-and-forth set in the deciding frame. The Purple Knights were able to take a 14-11 lead before Kristen Marchisatto decided to put the Cardinals ahead. The freshman out of Massapequa, N.Y., was the catalyst of a 6-0 run for the visitors that featured a trio of service aces courtesy of Marchisatto.
After a 4-0 run by the Purple Knights, Mell responded with two kills as part of a 3-0 spurt to put the Cardinals up 20-18. Regrettably, the Purple Knights tied things up once again before the squad swapped the next four points of the match to knot matters at 22. A service and a pair of backbreaking terminations from Chelsey Covitz would seal things for St. Michael’s via a 25-23 tally.
Mell led the way for the Cardinals with a team-high nine kills while Schrantz added seven on 18 swings to go along with a team-high 15 digs. Rosi Cummings also accumulated 15 of the 61 Plattsburgh State digs while Kayla Nason paced the Cardinals in assists, dishing out 24 helpers in the three-set affair. The Cardinals outpaced their foes on the front line, racking up three blocks compared to none by St. Michael’s.
Covitz captained the Purple Knights with a match-high 16 kills on 30 attempts for a .433 attack percentage.
Still looking to return to the win column, the Cardinals head to the Big Apple on Friday to take part in the Baruch Quad Invitational. The Cardinals play their first of three matches in the invitational against Medaille College. The two teams will square off at 7 p.m. on Friday on the campus of Baruch College before the Cardinals engage in a pair of Saturday showdowns.