Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Volleyball ends weekend with one win

Garrett Collins

The Cardinals were looking to make a statement last weekend in the North Country Classic, Which saw the Cardinals take on Clarkson, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence. Going into this weekend, the Cardinals were riding high and carrying an undefeated record beating Castleton University, Utica and Suny Poly.  However, after the weekend, their record shifted from 3-0 record to a 4-3 record before taking on the Potsdam Bears wednesday Sept. 14 in Memorial Hall. The Cardinals Traveled to Potsdam to start off the weekend to take on clarkson. The first set was not what the Cardinals were looking for, only scoring nine times to the opponents 25.  The second set saw the Cardinals start to find their groove and notch the highest score in the game for the team scoring 17 points against Clarkson’s 25. The third set once again found Plattsburgh scoring double digits. However, they were not able to stop Clarksons scoring, handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season. Later on in the night, the Cardinals took the court vs. St. John Fisher. The Cardinals dropped the first set losing a close set 23-25. The second set proved to be the hardest one for the Cardinals seeing them score 15 points, which would amount to the lowest total for the cardinals all game. The third saw hope for the Cardinals to build momentum that could help the team find a win the next game.

The Cardinals started the second half of the North Country Classic with a strong win over SUNY Canton winning all three sets, all by ten or more points. The first set saw the Cardinals pushing to put the events in Potsdam behind them taking it to Canton 25-9.  The second set was much more of the same with the Cardinals once again beating Canton by the largest margin of the night, which was 18 points.  Canton seemed to find their footing later on in the game giving it all they could in the third. But they were no match for the momentum that was created by winning the last two sets and Plattsburgh was able to finish off Canton by winning the final set 25-14. Looking to finish the weekend with a.500 record was priority number one as the Cardinals lined up to take St. Lawrence to cap off the North Country Classic. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they were not able to recreate the strong performance put on just hours earlier, losing all three sets. Despite not winning a set, Plattsburgh still put out a strong showing scoring double digits in all three sets. The first set saw the Cardinals fall 17-25. The second set was the lowest scoring one of the game for the Cardinals, only managing 15 points.  The last set once again was one that was meant to help the Cardinals build momentum for their next matchup keeping the set competitive throughout, but still couldn’t muster up the win losing 20-25.

Plattsburgh currently sits at 4-3 and look to go back to their undefeated ways in a SUNYAC matchup against the Potsdam Bears wednesday Sept. 15 at home.

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