Chris Kendrick (@CKendrick86)
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Elms College women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-13) setback to host Plattsburgh State in their opening match at the 2016 Best Western Plus-Ground Round Cardinal Classic at Memorial Hall Friday night. The Blazers slide to 1-7 overall, while the Cardinals move to 5-5 on the season.
In the first set, the Blazers grabbed a 3-2 lead behind a kill from sophomore Danielle Redding (Las Vegas, Nev.), but the Cardinals raced ahead with a 8-1 run featuring a pair of kills from freshman Hunter Grotjohn (Scottsdale, Ariz. ) and freshman Dani Borunda (Salt Lake City, Utah) to take a 10-4 lead. Elms used a kill and an ace from Redding to cut the deficit to 13-8 until Plattsburgh pulled away with a 6-0 run. After the sides traded points, the Cardinals closed the set with four straight points to take the 25-10 win.
Plattsburgh secured a 6-1 lead to open the second set behind a pair of kills from sophomore Sam Colombo (Patchogue, N.Y.). Freshmen Haley Asselin (South Hadley, Mass.) and Hannah Adams (Deerfield, Mass.) tallied back-to-back kills to cut the gap in half, 12-6, but the Cardinals orchestrated a 13-1 run behind a trio of kills from Colombo to lock up the 25-7 win.
The Blazers attack was paced by Asselin with a team-high four kills and four digs. Redding added three kills and three digs, while Adams grabbed a team-high six digs with a kill.
Colombo led the Cardinals with a match-high 12 kills along with seven digs and two service aces. Sophomore Shelby Bourgeois (Keeseville, N.Y.) chipped in five kills, while Borunda and Grotjohn contributed four kills apiece. Sophomore Sydney Gabriel (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) dished out 22 assists, while junior Jordynne Ales (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) notched a match-high 11 digs.
The Blazers will look to return to the win column in the second day of action at the Cardinal Classic. Elms will face Southern Vermont in non-conference action at 11:00 a.m., followed by a tilt with Utica at 1:30 p.m. Plattsburgh hosts Utica at 11:00, and then Southern Vermont at 1:30 p.m.