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SUNY CANTON WOMEN CLOSE SEASON IN USCAA QUARTERFINAL

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Daemen College’s Brittany Anthon (8) looks to spike the ball between SUNY Canton’s Megan Bills (11) and Jessica Reynolds (6). The Roos, fourth seeded in their division, fell to the top-seeded Wildcats in three straight sets. in the divisional semifinal round in the USCAA National Tournament hosted at SUNY Canton.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Match Gallery

SUNY Canton’s Megan Bills (11) and Daemon’s Kaiylin Watchey in a joust at the net. Daeman beat Canton 3-0 in the division semifinal round in the USCAA National Tournament. 

Nov. 1: The SUNY Canton women's volleyball team dropped the final two matches of pool play and despite making the eight-team single elimination tournament fell to the overall three seed in the quarterfinal round Saturday evening. The Roos conclude their season with a 28-9 record.   In its opening match of the day SUNY Canton took on Rochester. The Warriors got out to a 9-5 start in the opening set. Down 12-8, the Roos got within 19-18, but the Warriors pulled away late for the 25-19 first set victory. SUNY Canton errors hurt the team in the second set as Rochester had match point at 24-15. The Roos rattled off five consecutive points to get within 24-20 but the Warriors were able to clinch the match with a 25-20 win.   Jessica Reynolds (Oakville, ON) and Kelsy Cornish (Honeoye, NY) led the hosts with five and four kills, respectively. Mackenzie Mynter (Churchville, NY) dished out 13 assists and Emily Thomas (Horseheads, NY) added five digs.   The Roos were in a back-and-forth battle in its second match of the day. SUNY Canton took a lead in the first set but Florida College battled back to tie it at 19 all. The Falcons scored six unanswered points to claim the first set victory, 25-19.    SUNY Canton opened up a 9-3 lead in the second set after back-to-back service aces by Lindsay Bryer (Wilson, NY). The Falcons used a 7-3 spurt to trail by just two at 12-10 midway through the frame. Florida would eventually take a 19-8 lead and scored six of the final eight points to claim the match, 25-20.   Cornish and Bills (Walworth, NY) led the Roo attack with five and four kills, respectively. Mynter assisted 14 kills in the match, but the team hit just .092 overall.   SUNY Canton struggled to get in a groove after advancing to the elimination round as it fell in straight sets, 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-20) to the three seed Daemen College. Bills floored a team-high six kills, while Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, ON) tallied 13 digs. Bryer and Cornish each supplied five kills, while Caitlin Grimshaw (Adams, NY) added four put downs.   This caps off a tremendous season for the 2013 SUNY Canton women's volleyball team.
 


SUNY Canton's Kelsy Cornish (2) fires a shot over the reach of St. Lawrence University's Christina Deschaine (3) and Katarina Marczeski (13).   (Camron Waters photo)  Match Gallery

Oct. 31: The SUNY Canton women's volleyball team split a pair of matches on the opening day of the 2013 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships. The Roos (28-6) fell to a pesky Lindenwood University-Belleville squad, 2-1 (25-15, 20-25, 12-15), before defeating Johnson and Wales University (NC), 2-0 (25-16, 25-22). Day one of the tournament consisted of best of three pool play matches as the 10 teams were split into two different five-team brackets. Pool play will resume Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. as eight more matches are scheduled for tomorrow. After pool play concludes the top four teams in each pool will be reseeded based on record and a eight team single elimination tournament will begin at approximately 4:00 p.m. The quarterfinal round will take place at 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. with the winners advancing to the semifinal round on Saturday. In its opening match of the day the Roos got out to a quick start dominating a 25-15 first set against the Lynx. SUNY Canton opened the second set with a 5-0 lead behind the service game of Kelsy Cornish (Honeoye, NY), however, Lindenwood-Belleville would respond with a 13-8 run to tie it at 13 all. Down the stretch the Lynx proved strong as they prevailed 25-20. The third set was back-and-forth early as Lindenwood-Belleville took a slim 8-7 lead at the changeover. Once again the Lynx were able to separate down the stretch for the 15-12 victory. Lindsay Bryer (Wilson, NY) and Morgan Bills (Walworth, NY) paced the Roos with eight kills apiece, while Cornish added seven kills and eight digs. Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, ON) dug up nine balls while Mackenzie Mynter (Churchville, NY) assisted a match-best 21 kills. SUNY Canton hit .254 as a team in the match. In its second tilt of the day the Roos came out sharper and used a stronger service game to get by Johnson and Wales in two sets. Jessica Reynolds (Oakville, ON) finished with a match-best eight kills, while Mynter tallied a match-high 23 assists to go with her team-best six digs. Cornish put down six kills and Bills and Bryer each recorded four kills apiece. The women's volleyball team is back in action Friday when it plays its final two pool play matches. The fourth seeded Roos square off with sixth seeded Rochester College at 10:00 a.m. before a 2:30 p.m. battle with second seeded Florida College. Both matches will be back in the friendly confines of the Roos House where SUNY Canton is a perfect 9-0 this season.

ST. LAWRENCE SEASON COMES TO END IN LIBERTY SEMIFINAL

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St. Lawrence University’s Amanda Brooks (10) gets some air as she smacks the ball back past Clarkson’s Adrienne Walker (11) and Lani Durio (3) for a point. The Knights swept the Saints 25-13, 25-21, 25-7.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Match Gallery

Nov. 8: The St. Lawrence University volleyball team saw its 2013 season come to an end on Friday night, as the Union College Dutchwomen handed the Saints a 3-0 loss in Potsdam, NY in the Liberty League Semifinal match.  The Saints, who split the regular season meetings with Union, lost the rubber match 25-16, 25-15, 25-21. The win earns Union (22-10) a spot in the conference title game tomorrow at 4:00pm against the hosting Golden Knights of Clarkson.  The Saints finish the year with a 21-12 overall record. Junior captain Jenna Street finished with 20 assists and 10 digs to lead St. Lawrence, which could not overcome offensive struggles as the team had 12 errors in the first set along and eight service errors in the match.  Rajpreet Dhaliwal was outstanding for the Dutchwomen, finishing with nine kills and no errors, while Kelly White and Rachel Wyman had seven kills each. The Dutchwomen used a couple of minor runs midway through the first two sets to take modest leads and build them into margins that could not be overcome by the Saints. Leading by just three (13-10) midway through the first, Union used a five-point run which was capped off by a Morgan Clark kill, making the score 18-10. The Dutchwomen played just ahead of even the rest of the way and held on for a 25-16 win in the first set. In the second, Union never trailed but was again up by just three (9-6) before a 7-2 run, pushed to the end by a kill from Wyman put the Dutchwomen in position to take off for another sound victory and a 2-0 cushion.   St. Lawrence battled for its season in the third set, as the two teams seesawed back and forth throughout.  Union was able to take a four-point lead at 22-18, but the Saints rallied behind Street and a kill from Amanda Brooks, which made it 22-21 and forced Union to call timeout.  Out of the huddle, though, the Dutchwomen were able to steal the momentum, winning the final three points including a match-clinching kill from Wyman, earning the 25-21 win in the third set.   Union hit .318 in the match, with Dhaliwal striking at a .500 clip with nine kills and Clark hitting at .600 with six kills. Clark also added in six of the Dutchwomen's 14 block assists. St. Lawrence hit only .078, struggling to get clean looks around Union's block, with Lexi Brown producing nine kills.

Nov 2: The St. Lawrence University volleyball team split on its final day of the New York State Regional Challenge, beating the University of Rochester 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-13) before falling to Nazareth 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 28-26).  Cristina Deschaine led the Saints with a .417 hitting percentage (6-1-12) and five assisted blocks in the win over the Yellowjackets.  Rebecca Briggs hit.375 (8-2-16) and fellow rookie Lauren Casey recorded a team-high 14 assists.  Meanwhile, Jenna Street added 11 assists and a team-high nine digs.  Though Rochester challenged in the opening two sets, the Saints were too much for their opponents in a solid 25-13 victory in set three.  "We started out very sluggish but had a nice comeback to take set one," said St. Lawrence head coach Shelly Roiger.  "We kept getting back to our norm as the match progressed and walked away with a win that displayed good balance with our offense."  In the loss to Nazareth, Lexi Brown had 13 kills to lead the Saints offensively and Deschaine, Briggs, Amanda Brooks and Rebecca Doser each added three kills.   Street had 14 assists, two service aces and eight digs while Kassab added 11 assists and led the team defensively with 10 digs.  Deschaine had a team high three assisted blocks and Brown added two assisted blocks.   "Our execution improved throughout the match and I thought we battled hard throughout the third set," added Coach Roiger regarding the Nazareth match.  "However, we're at that point in the season where effort isn't enough.  We have to come with fire, energy and precision from the first point of the first set until the last point of the last set.  It's what winners do and Friday will be a great test to see if we're prepared to do that against Union."

 


St. Lawrence University’s Lauren Carey (17) spikes the ball down at SUNY Canton's Jessica Reynolds (6).  St. Lawrence topped SUNY Canton in three tight games, 25-23, 25-21, 26-24. The Roos battled St. Lawrence throughout the three games, led by Kelsy Cornish's game-high 11 kills.  However, first-year student Amanda Brooks paced the home team's offense with 10 kills as St. Lawrence clawed its way to the narrow win.  Senior captains Anna Kassab (18 assists) and Katie Prue (22 digs) were key for the Saints, while Mackenzie Mynter had 25 assists for SUNY Canton.  (Camron Waters photo)  Meet Gallery

Three Saints players dive to the floor to save the ball, with Nyasha Miller (10) able to get to the ball first for the save. 
(Eric Foote photo)  Match Gallery

suny potsdam TRUMPED BY PLATTSBURGH IN SUNY PLAYOFF

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SUNY Potsdam’s Liza Fields attempts a spike but is blocked at the net by Clarkson’s Xiao Liang (7) and Danielle Farabee (13). The Golden Knights would down the Bears 3-0 in their non-league matchup.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Match Gallery

Nov. 8: The SUNY Potsdam volleyball team's bid for a SUNYAC championship ended with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 first round SUNYAC tournament loss to fourth-seeded Plattsburgh at New Paltz on Friday evening. The fifth-seeded Bears (15-16 overall) will now wait to see if it has earned a possible ECAC tournament bid. In recent weeks, Potsdam had battled through adversity with a litany of injuries.  Key players such as senior middle hitter Sara Anderson (Lake George, N.Y. / Lake George) was not able to play due to injury and senior setter Jenna Blujus (Baldwinsville, N.Y. / C.W. Baker) had played through some nagging pain.  Nonetheless, the Bears fought competitively throughout, and threatened to take the lead late in the third set when it closed to within a one-point deficit at 20-19 on a Dakota Pruiss kill.  There were five ties and three lead changes in the third set alone.  Pruiss, a senior outside hitter/right side from Wallkill, N.Y., had come strong down the stretch especially on the defensive front.  She had tallied at least eight kills in four of her previous six matches and racked up double digit digs during the same span.  Pruiss was once again a factor as she finished with a team-high 11 digs and seven kills.  Junior outside hitter Liza Fields (Duanesburg, N.Y. / Duanesburg) recorded a team-high nine kills and added eight digs.  Senior setter Lauren Manzo (Clovis, Calif. / San Joaquin) led the Bears with 26 assists.  Freshman middle hitter Sarah Becker (Troy, N.Y. / Tamarac) had six kills.  Plattsburgh was able to maintain control with a more efficient hitting percentage (.306 to the Bears' .168) and a slight advantage in the passing game (39 assists to 31).  The Cardinals were once again led by graduate student outside hitter/right side Rosi Cummings and sophomore middle hitter Laura Diehl, who each had 11 kills.  Each had come up with big performances against the Bears in the previous two meetings that were split between the teams.   Junior outside hitter Maggie Schrantz also contributed with 10 kills and eight digs.

Nov 2:  The SUNY Potsdam closed out their regular season on a high note by taking two matches at St. John Fisher in Rochester on Saturday.  First, the Bears swept host St. John Fisher 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 behind the play of junior outside hitter Liza Fields (Duanesburg, N.Y. / Duanesburg), who had a team-high 10 kills, and senior setter Lauren Manzo (Clovis, Calif. / San Joaquin), who had a team-best 20 assists, four kills and four aces.  The Cardinals fell to 14-16. In the later match, Potsdam downed Alfred University 25-23, 25-23, 24-26, 25-16 to complete the two-match sweep.  The Saxons dropped to 3-26. Potsdam (15-15 overall, 5-4 SUNYAC) was without Sara Anderson, who is nursing an injury. But the Bears found strength from within as it got a lift from junior outside hitter Sharon Ofori (Bronx, N.Y. / John F. Kennedy), who had seven kills, and junior libero Gabby Arana (Williston Park, N.Y. / Herricks), who had 17 digs, in the Fisher match. The Bears also were able to reduce their total amount of team errors with each processing set and closed with 10 kills against just three errors in the third set. Against the Saxons, Manzo had 25 assists, a season-best 11 kills and seven digs to lead the Bears.  Fields tied a season-best with 13 kills and 10 digs while Ofori had eight kills. 

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CLARKSON RALLY OVERTAKES NEW PALTZ IN REGIONAL FINAL 3-1

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Clarkson’s middle hitter Xiao Liang (7) spikes the ball past SUNY New Paltz counterpart Liz Hauser (17) in the N.C.A.A. regional championship.  (Jack Vaisey III photo)  Match Gallery

Clarkson setter-libero Kirstie Shurie (17) serves the ball against New Paltz in the quarterfinals next week in Holland, Michigan.

Clarkson's Victoria Kirkemo (6) spikes the ball straight down between two New York University players in the New York Regional Semifinal.  (Jack Vaisey III photo)  Match Gallery

Nov. 17: An adjustment during the 10-minute break of the NCAA Division III Volleyball Potsdam Regional Finals proved to be the difference for Clarkson University Volleyball team, as the top-seeded Golden Knights made some intermission tweaks to take a four-set match from SUNY New Paltz, 25-27, 27-25, 25-18, 25-15, at Alumni Gymnasium. The Golden Knights improved to 36-6 overall with their school-record 19th straight victory, while SUNY New Paltz finished its season at 34-7. Clarkson advances to the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals next week in Holland, Michigan. Clarkson had a near double-digit advantage in the first set and looked ready to dispatch the Hawks in similar fashion to every other opponent in the New York Region this year, but the Hawks possessed a resiliency with a strong defensive effort that ended Clarkson's rally. New Paltz trailed by three points (24-21), but kills from Becca Borquist and Alex Bizub helped tie the match up at 24-24. Capitalizing on eight service errors in the first set, the Hawks came away with a 27-25 victory despite not holding a lead until the 26th point of the set. The Knights again jumped out to an early lead, but New Paltz stymied the Clarkson offense with numerous digs in the back row, frustrating the Knights' hitters. It wasn't until Clarkson regained the lead on an ace from Victoria Kirkemo (Englewood, CO) that the tide slowly shifted to the host's side. Even then, New Paltz once again wouldn't go away, trailing by three (24-21) but tying the game up. A kill from Xiao Liang (Tianjin, China) and a hitting error allowed Clarkson to escape with a 1-1 knot after two sets before the intermission. In the final two sets, Clarkson found a different level when it needed to. With the score tied at 11-11, Clarkson scored seven of the next 10 points with three kills coming from Liang, and the Knights were able to pick up five of the final six points to close out the third. In the fourth set, Clarkson's offense was hitting from all angles as every hitter produced in a 12-3 run that changed a two-point advantage into an 11-point lead (23-12) where the Knights could finally take a breath and finish off the match. Lani Durio (Austin, TX) ran Clarkson's offense to the tune of 52 assists, and also picked her spots with three kills and four service aces. Erika Chin (Katy, TX) was equally impressive on defense, locating the right spots for 33 digs, including 31 in the first three sets. Offensively, Liang and Kirkemo led the way with 16 kills, while Adrienne Walker (Centennial, CO) posted a .476 hitting percentage on 11 kills with just one error in 21 attempts. Aishvina Arasu (Brea, CA) also added in 10 kills and Kirstie Shurie produced 13 digs. New Paltz's Becca Borquist contributed 17 kills and 14 digs while Katy Herbst added in 11 kills and 12 digs. Carrie Hack led the defensive effort for the Hawks with 24 digs and Marissa King had 39 assists.

Nov. 16: With 15 kills from Xiao Liang (Tianjin, China), the Clarkson University Volleyball team was able to set up a rematch of last year's New York Regional Final as the Golden Knights held on for a four-set victory (25-13, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18) over fourth-seeded New York University in the NCAA Division III Volleyball Potsdam Regional semifinals Saturday night at Alumni Gymnasium. The Golden Knights improved to 35-6 overall, while the Violets finished off their season at 28-8. Clarkson will take on third-seeded SUNY New Paltz, a team that the Knights beat in five sets last year to claim the regional championship. The finals will take place at 2:30 pm at Alumni Gymnasium. Clarkson came out strong in the first two sets and dominated all facets of the game, cruising to a pair of lopsided wins that didn't allow the Violets to get out of the mid-teens. In the third set, however, NYU made an improbably comeback. Clarkson was leading 10-1 before NYU turned on its defensive effort and would not allow the Golden Knights to score any more easy point. The Violets rallied back to within two points (15-13) before scoring 10 straight points, utilizing strong serves to keep the Knights off balance. NYU finished off the set 25-18, setting up the first extra-set match of the Potsdam Regional. NYU came out with three of the first four points before Liang struck down a pair of thunderous kills that wobbled a pair of Violets players. The Violets held on, however, and kept the lead into the middle points of the set. Trailing by three (12-9), Clarkson reasserted itself on offense, thanks to a pair of kills from both Victoria Kirkemo (Englewood, CO) and Liang. Clarkson would not trail again for the remainder of the match as Lauren Hutchinson put down a kill late following an NYU timeout to give Clarkson a five-point advantage (21-16). From there, the Knights were able to close things out for a seven-point win. Liang finished with 15 kills and just four errors in 28 swings, hitting .393 for the match. Lani Durio (Austin, TX) ran the offense with 45 assists and 11 digs and Erika Chin (Katy, TX) added a match-high 19 digs and four aces. Victoria Kirkemo produced 14 kills, 10 digs, and three aces, and Aishvina Arasu (Brea, CA) had 10 kills. Gigi Morally came off the bench for NYU to record a team-high seven kills. Emily Moore led the team with 24 assists and 14 digs, and MaTia Hughes also added 14 digs.
 


Clarkson’s Adrienne Walker (11) blocks the spike from Vassar’s Taylor Mosley (11) in their Liberty League semifinal. The Golden Knights downed Vassar 25-22, 25-13, 25-17 to advance to the final against Union.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Match Gallery

Clarkson’s Aishvina Arasu (5) spikes the ball straight down past St. Lawrence University’s Kristin Heidt (13). A strong offensive effort resulted in a three-set sweep of St. Lawrence – 25-13, 25-21, 25-7 – in Liberty League action Tuesday. Clarkson improved its impressive record to 24-6. The Saints fell to 17-8.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Match Gallery

Clarkson’s Victoria Kirkemo (6) tips the ball just over the fingertips of SUNY Potsdam’s Jenna Blujus (10) to score. Lani Durio had 38 assists and Erika Chin produced 19 digs and four aces, including two late in the third set to clinch the win, as the Clarkson won 3-0.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Match Gallery

PLATTSBURGH WRAPS UP 2013 WITH BEST RECORD SINCE 1998

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Two SUNY Plattsburgh defenders Maggie Schrantz (7) and Laura Diehl (15) double up to stop a hard spike from the tough SUNY Canton squad.  SUNY Canton improved to 16-2 overall with a 3-1 victory over SUNY Plattsburgh in a non-conference matchup.  (Casey Stephens photo)  Match Gallery

Nov. 9: Engaging in its most heated battle of the 2013 campaign, the Plattsburgh State volleyball came up just short in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Volleyball Championship Tournament semifinals as host institution and No. 1 overall seed New Paltz earned a 3-2 victory on Saturday night at the Hawk Center. The evenly-matched squads battled through the only match of the tournament so far that hasn't been won in three sets, and the Hawks move on to face Buffalo State for the SUNYAC Tournament crown on Sunday at noon. Plattsburgh State (17-15) took the Hawks (32-5) to five sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 24-26, 15-8) once again as the Cardinals were the only team to do so through the course of the SUNYAC regular season. New Paltz outhit Plattsburgh State by a slim margin, .155 to .121 during the match.   Greeting the Cardinals in the first frame was a well-rested New Paltz squad which was nothing short of dominant during the entirety of the set. It was extremely difficult for the Cardinals to get anything going on the offensive end, as their first three points of the frame were the result of errors by the Hawks. Six New Paltz players accumulated a total of 13 terminations as the Hawks saw their lead grow to as much as 20-8. Although Plattsburgh State did finally regain its footing on offense, there wasn't enough of it to overcome the large New Paltz lead, and the home team earned a lopsided set one triumph to take a 1-0 lead in the match. An error by the Hawks to lead off the second frame gave Plattsburgh State its first lead of the match, but the Cardinals were still in the process of trying to solve their opponent's attack scheme. The Hawks hiked up their lead to as many as five points (12-7) before Plattsburgh State turned things around.  Down 14-10, the sophomore tandem of Laura Diehl and Kristen Marchisotto energized their squad with a block that began a 5-0 surge for the visitors. From that point on, the Cardinals would not trail in the set. With the set knotted at 16, Plattsburgh State saw its offense come around for the first time.  Sophomore Jeanette Braun floored a kill before junior Maggie Schrantz blasted down a pair of terminations. The Cardinals' 4-0 spurt culminated with a service ace from Rosi Cummings. With the momentum in their corner, Plattsburgh State finished off the set with back-to-back kills by Diehl and Cummings, giving the visitors a 25-20 win and tying the match at one set each. The game of call and response continued into the third set as New Paltz jumped out to a 9-2 lead to begin the action. Kristen Marchisotto put down a pair of service aces to help Plattsburgh State pull within three points (10-7), but New Paltz extended their edge to 17-10 with Alli Coleman recording two of the Hawks 12 service aces during the stretch.  Even though the Cardinals closed to within four points (22-18) down the stretch, the Hawks had simply built up too much of a lead, and the home team took the set 25-20 to earn a 2-1 advantage in the match.  With their backs against the wall, things couldn't have started out better for the Cardinals in set number four. Meghan Clifford came up with a service ace while Diehl and Cummings put down kills as part of a 5-1 spurt for the visitors in the early goings of the frame.  The Hawks, though, were eager to try and close out the match in four sets, and used three consecutive kills by Becca Borquist during a 4-0 run to tie the score at five points each. Plattsburgh State maintained a lead of as many as two points before New Paltz took a 17-16 advantage. That particular lead, though, was short lived as the Cardinals employed a 4-0 run that concluded with another ace from Marchisotto to go back up by three. New Paltz stormed back time and time again, eventually knotting the set at 23, but terminations by Braun, Diehl and Schrantz forced a winner-take-all fifth set.  Plattsburgh State used kills by Clifford and Schrantz to help it take a 3-1 lead in the deciding set, but the Hawks buckled down and embarked on a backbreaking 10-2 surge to give them an 11-5 lead. A termination from Cummings and an attack error by New Paltz allowed Plattsburgh State to creep within four points, but New Paltz would take four of the next five points to move on to the SUNYAC Tournament championship match. Playing in her final collegiate match, Cummings was nothing short of impressive, flooring a match-high 17 kills to go along with 22 digs and a block assist. Senior Amanda Wickers came up with a team-high 30 digs during the marathon match while Marchisotto totaled four aces to go along with a team-high 21 assists. Diehl and Schrantz amassed 11 kills apiece with the latter completing a double-double with 17 digs. Clifford added 20 assists for the Cardinals.  Borquist, Katy Herbst and Morgan Roessler racked up 13 kills each to lead a balanced New Paltz attack. Marissa King added a match-high 51 assists while Carrie Hack racked up a match-high 35 digs. The Hawks made seven blocks compared to two by the Cardinals.  Although they were unable to emerge as the victorious squad, the Cardinals have very little to hang their heads about. Plattsburgh State wrapped up its 2013 campaign with a 17-15 mark - the first time it has concluded a season above the .500 mark since 1998. Additionally, the Cardinals were competing in their first SUNYAC Volleyball Championship Tournament since 2003 after posting a 6-3 record in league play. Only one other edition of the Cardinals amassed more conference wins than the 2013 iteration.  As for Cummings, the Plattsburgh, N.Y., product wraps up her collegiate career with 1,183 kills, which includes 437 this season. That single-season mark is the third-highest in the history of the program. Wickers, who also took part in her final match as a collegian, finished her career with 926 digs.

Nov. 8: We're here, and we're not going anywhere. That seemed to be the message sent by the Plattsburgh State volleyball team, as the No. 4 seed Cardinals ran over No. 5 seed SUNY Potsdam in a quarterfinal match at the SUNYAC Volleyball Championship Tournament at the Hawk Center on Friday night.  Not having played in this particular tournament since 2003, the Cardinals eased into the semifinals thanks to a .306 team attack percentage in the 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-19) triumph over their North Country rivals.  With the win, Plattsburgh State improved to 17-13 – ensuring the squad an above-.500 finish for the first time since the 1998 campaign. The Bears' saw their season come to an end with a 15-16 mark. Coming out of the gates looking to spring the upset, the Bears collected the first two points of the match thanks to a pair of termination from Liza Fields. That lead, though, was one of only three SUNY Potsdam would possess through the course of the one-sided bout. Plattsburgh State responded by embarking on a 9-1 run that began with two kills off the hand of sophomore Laura Diehl. The Bears captured the next point before the Cardinals reeled off seven straight which featured two kills from team captain Rosi Cummings, one more from Diehl and a service ace by the 6-2 middle hitter. Employing a rally of their own, the Bears crept back within one point, 10-9, before the Cardinals began to feed their third scoring option in junior Maggie Schrantz. A trio of kills from the Buffalo, N.Y., product accounted for half of the points during a 6-1 surge by the Cardinals which gave the higher seed a six-point advantage. With its offense firing on all cylinders, Plattsburgh State saw its lead increase to as many as eight points during the frame. Back-to-back attack errors by the Bears proved to be the last two scores required for the Cardinals to take a 1-0 lead with a 25-17 set one victory. Armed with its lead, the Cardinals didn't relent in the least through the course of the second frame. Diehl and Schrantz blasted down one kill each as the Cardinals opened up a 5-1 lead in the early stages of the second set. On the opposite side of the net, the Bears were beginning to unravel at an astonishing pace. Six of the first 10 points Plattsburgh State scored in the set were due to a multitude of SUNY Potsdam attack errors, bad sets and service errors. Once again, the Bears went on a small run of their own to cut Plattsburgh State's lead to just one, 12-11, but the Cardinals had the answer once again. Assailing the Bears from all angles, four players hammered down terminations while Schrantz added yet another service ace to the Cardinals' total during an 8-2 surge that further demoralized the Bears. Seemingly nothing could slow down the Cardinals' potent attack strategy, as the squad took a 2-0 lead thanks to terminations from Schrantz, junior Meghan Clifford and two from Diehl which wrapped up the second frame via a 25-18 tally. Try as SUNY Potsdam might to try and force a fourth set, Plattsburgh State had an answer for everything the Bears threw at it during a back-and-forth third frame. The Bears took their final lead of the match after Schrantz and sophomore Jeanette Braun committed consecutive attack errors to make the score 15-14, but another kill by Cummings coupled with an attack error by the Bears gave the Cardinals the lead the rest of the way. Leading 20-19, Plattsburgh State closed out their quarterfinal victory with a 5-0 surge that saw Cummings and Braun join forces for a block that also represented one of four Potsdam miscues during the match-clinching surge. Cummings and Diehl finished tied for match-high honors with 11 kills each while Schrantz added 10 of her own. Diehl also added a pair of blocks assists and two of the Cardinals' six service aces to the final tally. Senior captain Amanda Wickers added a team-high 10 digs for the Cardinals while Kristen Marchisotto contributed a team-high 21 assists to the cause.  Fields had nine kills to pace Potsdam while Lauren Manzo notched a match-high 26 assists. Dakota Pruiss added a match-high 11 digs for the Bears, who hit just .168.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

N.C.A.A. Division III Women's Quarterfinal
Cal Lutheran 3, Clarkson 1
(25-20, 21-15, 29-27, 25-13)

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

N.C.A.A. Regional Championship
Clarkson 3, SUNY New Paltz 1

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013

N.C.A.A. Regional Tournament Semifinal
Clarkson University 3, New York University 1

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

NCAA Opening Round Tournament at Clarkson
Clarkson 3, Westfield College 0

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013

SUNYAC Semifinals at New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 2
Liberty League Championship at Clarkson
Clarkson 3, Union 0

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

SUNYAC Playoffs at New Paltz
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, SUNY Potsdam 0
Liberty League Tournament at Clarkson
Union 3, St. Lawrence 0
Clarkson 3, Vassar 0

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013

New York Regional Challenge at RIT
Clarkson 3, New York University 0
Clarkson 3, Nazareth 1
St. Lawrence 3, University of Rochester 0
Nazareth 3, St. Lawrence 0
St John Fisher Invitational
SUNY Potsdam 3, St. John Fisher 0
SUNY Potsdam 3, Alfred University 1

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013

USCAA National Championship at SUNY Canton
Rochester College 2, SUNY Canton 0
Florida 2, SUNY Canton 0
Daemen College 3, SUNY Canton 0
New York Regional Challenge at RIT
Clarkson 3, University of Rochester 0
Clarkson 3, Stevens Tech 0
NYU 3, St. Lawrence 0
 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013

USCAA National Championship at SUNY Canton
Lindenwood-Belleville 2, SUNY Canton 1
SUNY Canton 2, Johnson & Wales 1

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013

St. Lawrence University 3, SUNY Potsdam 0

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013

RIT Invitational
Clarkson 3, Union 0
Union 3, St. Lawrence University 2
St. Lawrence University 3, RIT 1
Buffalo Invitational
New Paltz 3, SUNY Potsdam 1
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Brockport 1
Houghton Invitational
SUNY Canton 3, Alfred State 0
Lycoming 3, SUNY Canton 0

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

SUNY Geneseo Invitational
SUNY Plattsburgh 1, SUNY Fredonia 3
RIT Invitationals
St . Lawrence University 3, Skidmore 0
Clarkson 3, RIT 0
Clarkson 3, Skidmore 0
Buffalo 3, SUNY Potsdam 0
Houghton Invitational
SUNY Canton 3, Michigan-Dearborn 0
SUNY Canton 3, Hilbert 2

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013

Clarkson 3, St. Lawrence University 0

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013

Golden Knight Invitational
Clarkson 3, Medaille 0
Clarkson 3, SUNY Brockport 0
SUNY Canton 3, SUNY Geneseo 0
Allentown Invitational
Gettysburg 3, St. Lawrence University 2
St. Lawrence University 3, Muhlenberg 2

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013

St. Lawrence University 3, The Kings College 0
Golden Knight Invitational - Clarkson University
Clarkson 3, SUNY Canton 0
Clarkson 3, SUNY Geneseo 0
SUNY Canton 3, SUNY Brockport 0

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013

SUNY Canton 3, Fort Kent 0
SUNY Canton 3, SUNY Morrisville 0
SUNY Potsdam Invitational
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, SUNY Potsdam 2
SUNY Fredonia 3, SUNY Potsdam 0
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, SUNY Oswego 1
Mid-West Invitational - Grand Rapids, MI
Clarkson 3, Chicago University 2
Clarkson 3, Hedelberg 0

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

SUNY Potsdam Invitational
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, SUNY Cortland 1
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Geneseo 0
Midwest Invitational - Holland, MI
Hope 3, Clarkson 0
Elmhurst 3, Clarkson 0 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013

SUNY Canton 3, Paul Smith's College 0

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013

Newbury Tri-Match
SUNY Potsdam 3, Daniel Webster 0
SUNY Potsdam 3, Newbury 0
Poughkeepsie Invitational
Clarkson 3, Bard 0
Clarkson 3,. Union 1
St. Lawrence 3, Skidmore 1
Vassar 3, St. Lawrence 0
Union Invitational
SUNY Canton 3, Centenary 0
SUNY Canton 3, Brooklyn College 0

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013

Annandale Invitational
Clarkson 3, Skidmore 0
Clarkson 3, Vassar 0
St. Lawrence 3, Vassar 1
St. Lawrence 3, Bard 0

Union Invitational
SUNY Canton 3, CCNY 0
SUNY Canton 3, Kean 2

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013

Clarkson 3, SUNY Cortland 0
Middlebury 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 0
SUNY Canton 3, SUNY Potsdam 2

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013

SUNY Brockport Invitational - At SUNY Brockport
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, SUNY Brockport 2
Buffalo State 3,  SUNY Plattsburgh 0
Utica College Invitational - at Utica College
SUNYIT 3, SUNY Canton 1
SUNY Cortland Invitational - at SUNY Cortland
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Cortland 2
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Oswego 1

St. Lawrence Invitational - at St. Lawrence Univ.
Clarkson 3, RIT 0
St. Lawrence 3, Vassar 1
St. Lawrence 3, Bard 0

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

SUNY Brockport Invitational - at SUNY Brockport
New Paltz 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 2
Utica College Invitational - at Utica College
SUNY Canton 3, Alfred State 0
SUNY Canton 3, Utica College 1
SUNY Cortland Invitational - at SUNY Cortland
SUNY Oneonta 3, SUNY Potsdam 2
St. Lawrence Invitational - at St. Lawrence Univ.
Clarkson 3, Vassar 0
Clarkson 3, Bard 0
St. Lawrence 3, RIT 0

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

Women's Volleyball
Clarkson 3, St. Lawrence 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

St. Lawrence 3, SUNY Potsdam 1

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

St. Michaels 3, SUNY Potsdam 0

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

SUNY Canton 3, Paul Smiths 0
SUNY Canton 3, Johnson State 0
LaVerne Invitational - La Verne, California
Clarkson 3, Whittier 1
#4 Elmhurst 3, Clarkson 2
Oswego Tournament - SUNY Oswego
St. Lawrence 3, SUNY Oswego 2
St. Lawrence 3, Wells College 0

Rochester Tournament - R.I.T.
R.I.T 3, SUNY Potsdam 1
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Brockport 1
SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinal Classic
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, Elms College 0
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, St. Michaels 1

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

LaVerne Invitational - LaVerne, California
Clarkson 3, UC Santa Cruz 2
LaVerne 3, Clarkson 0
Oswego Tournament - SUNY Oswego
SUNYIT 3, St. Lawrence 0
St. Lawrence 3, Utica 1
Rochester Tournament - University of Rochester
University of Rochester 3, SUNY Potsdam 1
SUNY Potsdam 3, Medaille 2

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

Victory Promotions Tournament - at Potsdam
SUNY Canton 3, SUNY Potsdam 0
Clarkson 3, Norwich 0
St. Michaels 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 1
SUNY Canton 3, Norwich 0
St. Michaels 3, SUNY Potsdam 2
Clarkson 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 0
Victory Promotions Tournament - at St. Lawrence
Queens 3, St. Lawrence 2
St. Lawrence 3, Southern Vermont 0

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013

Victory Promotions Tournament - at St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence 3. SUNY Canton 0
St. Michaels 3, St. Lawrence 2
SUNY Canton 3, St. Michaels 1
Victory Promotions Tournament - at Potsdam
SUNY Potsdam 3, Norwich 0
Clarkson 3, Southern Vermont 0
Queens 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 1
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 2
Clarkson 3, Queens 1

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

Clarkson 3, SUNY Potsdam 0

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013

SUNY Oneonta Tournament - Day 2
St. Lawrence 3, Emmanuel 0
St. Lawrence 3, Hartwick 0
Kean 3, SUNY Potsdam 1
SUNY Oneonta 3, SUNY Potsdam 2
Roger Williams Invitational - Day 2
Union College 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 1
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, Rhode Island 0

SUNY Canton Invitational - Day 2
SUNY Canton 3, Wells College 1
Red Dragon Invitational - at Cortland - Day 2
Clarkson 3, Buffalo State 1
#20 Juniata College 3, Clarkson 1

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013

SUNY Oneonta Tournament - Day 1
SUNY Oneonta 3, St. Lawrence 0
Kean 3, St. Lawrence 1
SUNY Potsdam 3, Hartwick 0
SUNY Potsdam 3, Emmanuel 2
SUNY Canton Invitational - Day 1
SUNY Canton 3, SUNYIT 0
SUNY Canton 3, SUNY Oswego 1
Red Dragon Invitational - at Cortland - Day 1
Clarkson 3, Richard Stockton 1
(#11) Mount Union 3, Clarkson 2
Roger Williams Invitational - Day 1
St. John Fisher 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 1
Roger Williams 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 0
 

  

END 2012 COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012

NCAA Quarterfinals - Elite Eight (in Holland, MI)
St. Thomas, MN 3, Clarkson 0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-20)

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012

NCAA New York Regional Championship
Clarkson 3, New Paltz 2

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012

NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
Clarkson 3, Middlebury 1

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012

NCAA Tournament 1st Round
Clarkson 3, Nazareth 1
ECAC Upstate New York Regional
Kean University 3, SUNY Potsdam 0

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012

Liberty League Championship
Clarkson 3, Skidmore 1
USCAA National Championships (at SUNY Canton)
SUNY Canton 2, Cincinnati-Clermont 0
SUNY Canton 2, Penn College 0
SUNY Canton 3, Penn State Fayette 0

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012

Liberty League Championships
Clarkson 3, Vassar 2
USCAA National Championships (at SUNY Canton)
Daemen College 2, SUNY Canton 0
SUNY Canton 2, Carlow University 1
SUNYAC Championships
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Oneonta 1 (Round 1)
SUNY Potsdam vs. SUNY Fredonia, 6:00pm (Rd 2)

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2012

New York Regional Challenge
Clarkson 3, Mount St. Vincent 0
Clarkson 3, New York University 1
Nazareth 3, SUNY Plattsburgh 0
SUNY Plattsburgh 3, Brooklyn 0
Houghton Invitational

St. Lawrence University 3, Alfred State 0
SUNY Canton 3, St. Lawrence University 0
SUNY Canton 3, Houghton 1
SUNY Oswego Tri-Match
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Oswego 0
SUNY Potsdam 3, St. John Fisher 1