Press-Republican

October 14, 2012

Cardinals win a pair at Hartwick

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Press-Republican

---- — ONEONTA — Less than 24 hours after suffering a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat, the Plattsburgh State volleyball team was determined not to allow extra sets to be a factor in their fortunes as it closed out play at the Hartwick College/Holiday Inn Invitational on Saturday.

The Cardinals came out of the gates rolling and never slowed down en route to a pair of 3-0 wins against Utica and SUNY Cobleskill to bring their 2012 record to 11-14 heading into their final weekend of SUNYAC Pool Play next week.

Needing just eight of the 10 available players on the roster, the Cardinals spread the ball around and had an easy time handing the Pioneers their eighteenth loss of the 2012 campaign – this one in straight sets.

Rosi Cummings led a balanced offensive attack for the Cardinals, racking up nine kills to go along with a team-high 12 digs. The Plattsburgh product also chipped in two of the eight Plattsburgh State service aces and had a block assist to her credit as well.

Maggie Schrantz finished with eight terminations on a team-high 28 swings. She was the only other Cardinal to reach double-digits in digs, scooping 10 to go along with a solo block.

Laura Diehl was the third attack option for the Cardinals, finishing with seven kills on 19 attempts as well as a solo block and a block assist.

Kristen Marchisatto and Kayla Nason split time at setter once again, and finished with 15 and 13 assists respectively. Marchisatto also put her service game on display, accumulating a team-high trio of service aces during the one-sided affair.

Abby Mell had the best-rounded match for the Cardinals, making her presence felt in every facet of the game. The senior finished with three kills, a pair of service aces, six digs, a solo block and a pair of block assists.

Turning in quite possibly the best match of her young collegiate career, Diehl led the Cardinals to their second sweep of the day, this time over SUNY Cobleskill.

The Manorville, N.Y., native gave Cobleskill fits all match, collecting a team-high 12 kills on 18 swings – good for an impressive .611 hitting percentage. She completed her double-double bid with a team-high 14 digs and chipped in one of the seven Plattsburgh State service aces in the match.

Diehl also proved to be a front row force, coming up with three solo blocks as well as a pair of block assists. The rest of the Cardinals backed Diehl up nicely, as Cummings tallied eight kills and 13 digs as well as three service aces while Schrantz and Mell each added seven terminations of their own.

Nason tallied a lone kill as well as the remaining three service aces to go with 10 digs. Meghan Clifford put her setting skills on display, passing out a team-high 16 assists. Nason chipped in 12 helpers of her own.

The Cardinals will embark on yet another road trip next Friday when they head to New Paltz to take part in the final SUNYAC Pool Play weekend of the 2012 campaign. First up is a date with New Paltz at 3 p.m. followed by a rematch with SUNY Potsdam at 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

ONEONTA — In its final weekend of non-conference play before partaking in its last of four SUNYAC regular season matches of 2012, the Plattsburgh State volleyball team couldn’t get on the winning track, dropping a 3-0 decision to Lebanon Valley College before losing a heartbreaking 3-2 match to Hartwick at the Hartwick College/Holiday Inn Invitational on Friday.

Eking out a victory by just seven points, the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen just outlasted the Cardinals in the first match of the day for both squads.

The Cardinals had little trouble navigating the porous defense of the Dutchmen, employing a .269 hitting percentage through the course of the tilt, but was unable to string together crucial points at big moments.

Maggie Schrantz led the Cardinals with eight kills on 16 swings with just three errors for an attack percentage of .312. Rosi Cummings was close behind her younger teammate, registering seven terminations. The senior attacked effectively, cobbling together a team-high hitting percentage of .417 in the match.

Cummings added eight of Plattsburgh State’s 21 digs and a pair of solo blocks to the cause. Unfortunately, after Schrantz and Cummings offense was in short supply, with senior Abby Mell racked up three kills as the next closest player in that department.

Kayla Nason passed out 17 assists while Mell picked up a pair of block assists. The Cardinals finished with four blocks and a quartet of service aces in the match – two of which came courtesy of Nason.

Although it possessed a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth set, the Cardinals couldn’t keep their momentum up and would up dropping their match against the host institution.

After falling into a 1-0 hole to begin the match, the Cardinals rattled off two consecutive set victories to take their only lead of the match. Set three was hard-fought, featuring some 18 ties through the course of the frame. Neither team could obtain the momentum until the Cardinals took advantage of an errant attack by the Hawks that accounted for point 31 and a 2-1 lead.

From there, however, the hosts imposed their will in a pivotal fourth set where the Cardinals found themselves trailing by as many as seven in the early goings. Plattsburgh State got to within four points before a decisive 10-0 run by Hartwick knotted things at two.

Eager to earn the season sweep of the Hawks, the Cardinals came out firing on all cylinders in the deciding set, jumping out to an early 3-1 lead and maintaining an advantage throughout the majority of the set.

The Hawks, though, just wouldn’t go away as they kept chipping away at the Cardinals’ lead before eventually knotting things at 10. From there, the Hawks took control and used a decisive 3-0 run to take control of the match. Plattsburgh State fought to within one at 14-13, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Again it was Schrantz leading the charge as the sophomore out of Buffalo, N.Y., tallied a team-high 11 terminations on 43 swings. Schrantz completed her double-double with 13 digs. Cummings produced a double-double of her own, accumulating to 10 kills while scooping up a team-high 22 digs to go along with a solo block.

Mell finished with eight kills and a service ace as well as playing the part of the most imposing player in the Plattsburgh State front row. The senior added a pair of solo blocks and two more block assists as part of the Cardinals’ 7.5 blocks in the match.

Laura Diehl had seven kills and three of the seven Plattsburgh State service aces. Jeanette Braun had the most efficient outing, putting up an attack percentage of .357 thanks to five kills on 14 attempts. Kristen Marchisatto and Nason finished with 17 and 11 assists respectively.