BROCKPORT — For the first two sets in Plattsburgh State’s 2013 SUNYAC opener against New Paltz, the Cardinals could seemingly do no wrong.
Unfortunately, a pivotal third set victory was just out of reach for Cardinals who surrendered three straight sets to the Hawks en route to a 3-2 (18-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 15-10) setback at the Jim and John Vlogianitis Gymnasium on the campus of The College at Brockport on Friday night.
The Cardinals slip to 5-8 and 0-1 in league matches while New Paltz improves to 12-5 and 1-0 in the SUNYAC.
Returning to the court for the first time in nearly two weeks, Plattsburgh State had very little rust to shake off. The Cardinals handled the Hawks 25-18 in the opening set before taking a 2-0 lead with a 26-24 victory in the second frame.
It was at that point, though, that the Hawks responded by scoring a 25-22 victory in the third set. From there, Plattsburgh State saw its offense grow more and more stagnant. The Cardinals were only able to rack up 15 points in the fourth set before putting up a valiant fight in a 15-10 fifth set.
Offensive efficiency was definitely not an issue for the Cardinals, who hit .255 as a team in the match compared to an attack percentage of .148 by the Hawks. New Paltz, however, was able to rack up 11 points by way of the service ace which made up for a 13-12 advantage in blocks by the Cardinals.
Rosi Cummings floored a match-high 18 kills for the Cardinals and completed a fantastic all-around match with 10 digs, two solo blocks and another pair of block assists. The Plattsburgh product hammered down kills at a .421 clip.
Sophomore Jeanette Braun enjoyed a great offensive evening as well, smashing down eight kills on 10 attack attempts with just one error for an attack percentage of .700. Braun also chipped in a solo block and three block assists. Senior libero Amanda Wickers hustled down a team-high 12 digs.