NEW YORK — The Plattsburgh State volleyball team saw its 2012 season come to a close, as the Cardinals split their final two matches of the season on the final day of the New York State Challenge hosted by New York University Saturday.
Plattsburgh State opened the match against Nazareth with a 3-1 spurt thanks to a termination from Jeanette Braun and a block from senior Rosi Cummings and freshman Laura Diehl, but the Cardinals had a difficult time trying to establish consistent offense.
A 6-1 run by Nazareth put the Golden Flyers in command of the set, and left the Cardinals searching for answers. Registering just eight kills on 29 attempts in the first frame, the Cardinals couldn’t penetrate the Nazareth defense for a large portion of the frame. On the other side of the ball, the Golden Flyers were able to seemingly terminate at will, hitting .257 in a 25-15 set one triumph.
After Abby Mell started off the second frame with a service ace, Nazareth went on a quick 5-0 run before Cummings righted the ship with one of her seven kills. After the next point was won by Nazareth, the Cardinals employed a multi-pronged attack strategy as part of a 6-0 run to take an 8-6 lead.
Just as Maggie Schrantz hammered home a kill to make things 16-12 Cardinals, an 8-0 run from Nazareth allowed them to capture the momentum.
Plattsburgh State committed five untimely attack errors during the devastating run and was never able to fully recover. An attack error by the Golden Flyers and another service ace from Clifford staved off two potential match points before Amy Johnson committed the set-clinching kill for Nazareth.
Unwilling to back down easy, the Cardinals jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the early minutes of the deciding frame thanks in large part to Diehl. The Manorville, N.Y., product had a kill and an impressive solo block during the run.