Devils ousted from SUNYAC?tourney
NEW PALTZ – Cortland avenged an earlier 3-0 loss to Fredonia State with a 3-0 win of its own Friday in the first round of the single-elimination SUNYAC Women’s Volleyball championship tournament at SUNY New Paltz.
The Red Dragons emerged with set wins of 25-21, 25-23, and 25-18 to keep the Blue Devils from advancing to the SUNYAC semifinals for the sixth straight year. Instead, the Red Dragons will meet Buffalo State in a semifinal match this afternoon.
Cortland improved to 15-21, including a 25-29, 25-10, 25-19 loss to the Blue Devils when the teams met last month in Brockport in SUNYAC Pool Play. Meanwhile, the loss dropped the Blue Devils to 25-9 and brought an end to what had been a 15-match winning streak.
Fredonia State statisticians credited sophomore opposite Paulina Rein with a team-high seven kills, while sophomore middle blocker Jessica DiChristopher and freshman outside hitter Sara Madison had six kills each.
The Blue Devils combined for 31 kills against 25 attack errors.
Sophomore setter Kelly Edinger registered 27 assists, and senior outside hitter/middle blocker Hannah Manning had four services aces.
Defensively, sophomore outside hitter/libero Brittany Kelly led the Blue Devils with 10 digs and Rein had nine. Madison and DeChristopher had two block assists each.
In addition to Manning, fellow seniors outside hitter Kaitlin Orcutt and libero Lauren O’Hara were appearing in their final SUNYAC Tournament match.
Canton blanks Blue Devils, 2-0
The SUNY Cantan Kangaroos scored two power-play goals in a span of 15 seconds in the last minute of the first period and made both goals stand for a 2-0 non-conference win over the Fredonia State Blue Devils.
“I thought we played well,” Fredonia State coach Jeff Meredith said. “We just had a lapse of about a minute at the end of the first period and gave up two goals. We did everything else but put the puck behind the goaltender.”
Canton’s Cory Giczewski flipped a shot off a defenseman and the puck trickled past Blue Devil goaltender Jeff Flagler with 23 seconds left in the first period. It ended one power-play chance, and a second began immediately following a slashing penalty on the Blue Devils just after the goal was scored.
“We carried the play and outshot them pretty big I think,” Meredith said. “We just didn’t get enough traffic on net. We need to get to the front of the net more and that will be a point of emphasis this week.”
Dave Ferris made Fredonia State pay with a pinball shot through a screen and off a defenseman with :08 seconds left in the period.
Canton goaltender Morgan Barr finished with 34 saves to earn the shutout while Flagler made six saves in the first period and Christopher Eiserman had 12 saves over the final two periods.
The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 1-2. They return to SUNYAC play next Friday when Plattsburgh visits Steele Hall, followed by a visit from Potsdam next Saturday.
The Kangaroos improved to 1-2.