Press-Republican

September 1, 2013

Plattsburgh State volleyball gets first win of season

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Press-Republican

---- — BRISTOL, R.I. — A dominating performance by the Plattsburgh State volleyball team against Rhode Island College helped the Cardinals finish 1-1 on the second day of the Roger Williams University Invitational.

With a strong first set by Plattsburgh State, it looked as though the Cardinals would have a relatively easy time knocking off their Liberty League foe. Junior Maggie Schrantz set the tone early by blasting down three of her match-high 14 kills during a 13-4 Plattsburgh State run to open the match.

Union appeared sluggish to say the least, accumulating a hitting percentage of -.105 in the first set. That trend, however, did not continue for the remainder of the match.

Having awoken from their offensive slumber, the Dutchwomen surpassed the .200 mark in terms of attack percentage in each of the following three sets.

The energy shown by Union seemed to have been stolen directly from the Cardinals who couldn’t reach the 20-point mark in any of the remaining frames.

Plattsburgh State fell victim to early runs by Union in the second and third sets and a devastating 11-1 spurt in the fourth frame.

Rosi Cummings tallied 12 kills and completed her double-double with 15 digs. Freshman Lisa Camargo added 10 kills as and 13 digs in the losing effort. Meghan Clifford accumulated 28 assists and Kristen Marchisatto had

12 of her own. RWU All-Tournament Team selection Amanda Wickers made a team-high 20 digs.

The Cardinals hit .100 compared to a .133 mark by Union.

Not wanting a repeat of their early morning misfortune, the Cardinals kept their foot on the gas pedal from the opening serve in a straight set victory over Rhode Island College in their final match of the Roger Williams Invitational.

After the Anchorwomen jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, freshman Lisa Camargo responded with a kill that set a 3-0 Plattsburgh State run in motion ensuring the Cardinals wouldn’t trail in the set again.

Rhode Island College knotted things at five points each, but a 7-1 run culminating with a service ace from Cummings gave the Cardinals the momentum they needed to coast to a 1-0 lead.

Embroiled in a more contested second set, the Cardinals used a pair of Anchorwoman miscues and terminations from Camargo and Cummings to score their final four points of the set and take a 2-0 lead.

Forced to play catch-up in the deciding frame as the Anchorwomen made a bid for four-set volleyball, the Cardinals took the lead for the final time with a 6-2 spurt which featured kills from Jeanette Braun, Camargo and Cummings.

Cummings led the productive Plattsburgh State attack with a match-high 13 kills on 21 attempts for an attack percentage of .524. Camargo joined her upperclassmen teammate in double-figures by adding 10 terminations of her own via a .474 hitting percentage.

As a team, the Cardinals hit .295 while limiting the opposition to a mark of .011. Cummings also accounted for three of the seven Plattsburgh State service aces in the match. Schrantz and sophomore Laura Diehl each had two aces to their credit as well.

After their weekend sojourn in the Ocean State, the Cardinals will head to Potsdam to take part in the Victory Promotions Invitational next Friday. Plattsburgh State will face off against Queens College at 6 p.m.

in their first of four matches at the tournament which will be held at SUNY Potsdam.