St. Lawrence remained in control of the set long enough to take an 18-15 lead, but then the Plattsburgh State offense came to life. Jeanette Braun was the catalyst of a 6-1 Plattsburgh State run as the sophomore smashed down three kills during the stretch. Maggie Schrantz added a pair of terminations of her own to set the stage for a great finish.
St. Lawrence came back to take a 24-23 lead, but an attack error by Marisa Turner helped the Cardinals stave off that match point, and back-to-back terminations from Cummings and Diehl gave Plattsburgh State a 2-1 advantage.
Looking to clinch the match in the fourth set, Plattsburgh State fell victim to a 10-4 Saints run to begin the frame. The only lead the Cardinals held in the set was when Cummings led off the frame with another kill. Even though the Plattsburgh product hammered down her milestone termination in the fourth set, the Saints did just enough to earn a 25-19 decision and force a winner-take-all fifth set.
Regrettably, some early damage dealt by the Saints was too much for Plattsburgh State to overcome. The visitors began the match-clinching frame on a 4-1 spurt, and the Cardinals were never able to close to within fewer than two points.
Trailing 9-7, the Cardinals gave up a 3-0 run to the Saints which featured two straight service aces from Anna Kassab. From there, the Cardinals pulled back to within three points before 3-1 stretch closed things out.
The Saints picked up three of their eight service aces in the fifth set and outhit the Cardinals .207 to .175. Cummings finished the final home outing of her career with a match-high 21 kills and an attack percentage of .275. Braun and Schrantz floored 12 and 10 terminations respectively for the Cardinals.
Also playing in the final home match of her career was senior Amanda Wickers who ran down a match-high 22 digs. Marchisotto had three of the Cardinals’ six service aces as well as 25 assists.