COLCHESTER, Vt. — Just 12 points decided the match between the Plattsburgh State volleyball team and St. Michael’s, but unfortunately none of the set scores had the Cardinals in front as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Purple Knights on Wednesday.
With the 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 setback, the Cardinals fall to 7-10 while the Purple Knights improve to 9-5.
Eager to exact revenge on the Purple Knights after a 3-0 loss to their Vermont foes in the 2012 Cardinal Classic, the Cardinals got off to a shaky start but were quickly able to right the ship.
After surrendering the three of the first four points of the match, the Cardinals were able to get right back into things thanks in large part to the Purple Knight. Miscues on the part of the home team accounted for three of the next six points for the Cardinals and a service ace off the hand of Theresa Lilly coupled with terminations from Jeanette Braun and Laura Diehl gave the Cardinals an 8-6 advantage in the early part of the first set.
A two-point lead was as large as the margin would get for the Cardinals, though. Maggie Schrantz made it 12-10 Plattsburgh State with one of the seven Cardinal kills in the frame before the Purple Knights employed a 9-2 run to take control of the first set for good. The Cardinals fought back to within three points on two occasions down, but were unable to close the gap any further, falling 25-19 in the first set.
For the most past, momentum was a difficult commodity to come by in the second set. After the Purple Knights took an early 5-2 lead, the Cardinals responded with a 6-1 run of their own thanks largely to Diehl who picked up two kills and a block assist during the stretch.
Neither team was willing to back down, with no lead being more than two points until the final points of the set. After a St. Martin’s service error put the Cardinals up 21-20, the Purple Knights ripped off five straight points to take the set. A pair of attack errors by the Cardinals during the deciding stretch was part of the reason the Cardinals found themselves in a 2-0 hole.