Devils volleyball wins twice, streak to 10th straight
The Fredonia State volleyball team, winners of eight straight matches heading into this weekend, added another pair of wins in SUNYAC Pool Play at Geneseo on Friday.
With their 10-match win streak, the Devils upped their record to 20-8 and 6-2 in the conference after defeating both Plattsburgh and Geneseo by identical 3-1 scores.
In the first match of the evening, the Devils and Cardinals split the first two sets, the Devils winning 26-24 and Plattsburgh taking the second set, 25-23.
Fredonia State closed out the final two sets with 25-18 and 25-23 victories.
Sara Madison and Jessica DiChristopher had 13 kills apiece. Kaitlin Orcutt added 11 kills and Paulina Rein had 10. Kelly Edinger had 40 assists and Rein added seven helpers.
DiChristopher had four blocks and Lauren Hokaj added 21 digs.
Against host Geneseo, the Devils won by set scores of 25-19, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-17.
A trio of Blue Devils registered nine kills – DiChristopher, Madison and Kaitlin Orcutt. Edinger had 35 assists and Hannah Manning had three service aces. Defensively, Edinger had 18 digs and Hokaj added nine, while Manning had five blocks.
The Devils wrap up Pool Play Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. match vs. Oneonta. They have clinched a berth in the SUNYAC Tournament and currently sit in third place. New Paltz is in first at 7-0, followed by Buffalo State at 6-1.
Playoff push ends with 2-0 loss at New Paltz
NEW PALTZ – Fredonia State’s loss Friday ended its bid to qualify for the six-team SUNYAC Tournament field.
The Blue Devils fell 2-0 to the New Paltz Hawks to fall four points behind sixth-place Geneseo with just one conference game remaining.
“We just didn’t play well,” Fredonia State coach Chris Case said. “It seemed to be the reoccurring theme this year. We had something to play for and tried to get into playoffs. They just outplayed us. They outworked us and it’s a frustrating thing.”
The Hawks scored one goal in each half and outshot the Blue Devils, 22-6.
“When you’re trying to get into playoffs and only get (six) shots, maybe we shouldn’t be in the playoffs. We played well last weekend. We felt good going into this weekend and it just didn’t pan out for us. We have a lot of pieces. We just need to put them together. It’s something we have been working on all year and will continue to work on that going forward.”
Sarah Painter scored in the 34th minute and Rebecca Rothman in the 66th minute to account for the scoring.
Painter’s goal was the result of a play up the right side, followed by a cross to the center of the field by Kaite Mulry, and a shot from the top of the box. Rothman scored off a free kick dead center over the head of Blue Devil freshman goalkeeper Hannah McGlinchey.
“Jenna Smolinski played really well,” Case noted. “She matched the intensity of our opponents. She did some good things defensively and worked really hard at the midfield. I thought that was good.”
New Paltz goalkeeper Krysten Kane made two saves to earn the shutout, while McGlinchey was credited with seven saves.
Kristie Kleine took two shots while Kailee Juzdowski and Nicole Pannullo each had a shot on goal for the Blue Devils. All three are freshmen.
The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 4-10-2 overall and 2-5-1 in SUNYAC. They close out the conference portion of their season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta.
“We will find out what we are made of,” Case said. “Will we fall apart or keep battling? Hopefully we keep battling.”
Blue Devils hold off New Paltz, 3-2
The flashiest goal of the season highlighted Fredonia State’s 3-2 SUNYAC men’s soccer win Friday over the New Paltz Hawks.
With his team leading 2-1 in the second half, sophomore midfielder Paul Reinis executed a perfect bicycle kick from the top of the 18-foot box. His teammates and most of the University Stadium crowd led out a loud cheer.
In addition to the goal by Reinis, his second of the season, senior midfielder Chase Lipshie and freshman midfielder Sam Greco had goals for the Blue Devils, who improved to 2-5-1 in SUNYAC (5-10-1 overall) and kept their faint playoff hopes alive.
Jake Falk and Brian Spina scored for New Paltz.
Blue Devil junior goalkeeper A.J. Grecco was credited with five saves while New Paltz’s Steven Domino had four stops. The Hawks had a 13-12 edge in shots, while the Blue Devils had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Fredonia State took a 1-0 lead when senior defender Jakob Persons outran a defender wide down the right sideline. Persons crossed the ball into the box, where Lipshie slid and directed the ball into the net for his second goal of the season. It came at 9:34 in the first half.
The Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead off a corner kick in the 22nd minute. Freshman midfielder Ryan Keller (East Aurora) took the corner and senior midfielder Jay Dry (Lockport) headed the ball from near the top of the box into the crease, where follow Lockport High graduate Greco snuck the ball between Domino and a New Paltz defender stationed against the right post. It was Greco’s second goal of the year.
The Hawks cut their deficit in half in the 32nd minute when Falk squirted the ball through the legs of Grecco, who had come off his line to challenge the shooter. Hobie Ramin was credited with an assist after forward the ball into space so Falk could run it down.
The bicycle kick by Reinis in the 57th minute, his second goal of the year, made it 3-1 Fredonia State, assisted by Dry and Keller. Spina closed out the scoring with a long strike off a throw-in with just under 20 minutes remaining. Bernardo Menendez was given an assist.
The outcome left the Blue Devils and Hawks with seven points each, two points behind Buffalo State, and three points behind Potsdam and Geneseo in the race for the sixth and final playoff spot. Fredonia State must defeat current conference leader Oneonta in order to still have a shot. The Red Dragons travel to Fredonia for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday.