BROCKPORT — A little less than 24 hours after letting a 2-0 lead slip away in a five-set match, the Plattsburgh State volleyball squad was able to score a five-set victory of its own. The Cardinals used a 16-14 win in the fifth set to down host Brockport as part of a split on the second day of SUNYAC Pool Play.
After defeating the Golden Eagles, the Cardinals (6-9, 1-2 SUNYAC) fell in three sets to Buffalo State (11-6, 3-0 SUNYAC).
In an emotional back-and-forth affair, Plattsburgh State relied on four players who picked up 11 kills or more to take down the Golden Eagles in five sets.
While she didn’t account for the most kills in the match, sophomore Laura Diehl was arguably the best player on the court for either team. The Manorville, N.Y., product led the Cardinals’ offensive attack with 19 kills on 29 attempts to finish with an attack percentage of .655. Not solely content to lead the Cardinals on the offensive end, Diehl also finished with three solo blocks and another trio of block assists.
Junior Maggie Schrantz was another integral part of Plattsburgh State’s offensive blueprint as she put down 16 kills of her own and completed a double-double with 15 digs. Rosi Cummings floored 14 kills and racked up 17 digs while Jeanette Braun added 11 terminations, three solo blocks and a pair of block assists.
Even though the Golden Eagles outhit the Cardinals (.270-.246), they had no way to circumvent the Plattsburgh State blocking scheme. The Cardinals finished the marathon match with a 17-2 advantage in blocks.
Kristen Marchisotto and Meghan Clifford passed out 32 and 24 assists respectively.
Hannalee Fordyce blasted 21 kills while teammate Amanda Riebe added 20 for the Golden Eagles.
Although the Cardinals played the Bengals close in the first set, Buffalo State made use of some well-timed blocking at the front of the net and a strong service game to earn a 3-0 league victory in the second match of the day.
Once again, offensive efficiency was never an issue for the Cardinals who posted a .224 attack percentage during the three-set match. Cummings hammered down a match-high 12 kills on 27 swings. With only a pair of attack errors, the Plattsburgh native was able to rack up a .370 hitting percentage. Cummings completed her bid for a double-double with a match-high 17 digs.
The most accurate swings, though, came off the hand of Diehl. The sophomore floored 11 terminations on 22 attempts en route to a .409 attack percentage.
Senior Amanda Wickers tied Cummings for match-high honors in digs, while Schrantz amassed 15 through the course of the match. Marchisotto led the Cardinals in the assists department with 19.
Buffalo State hit .255 as a squad and totaled eight service aces compared to just three by the Cardinals. The Bengals also owned a 7-6.5 advantage in the blocking department.
Jessica Crooks led the way for Buffalo State with a team-high 11 kills while Kelsey Bashore picked up a match-high 34 assists.
With one SUNYAC victory in hand, the Cardinals return to Memorial Hall to take part in a non-conference match against NESCAC foe Middlebury. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.