Laker Volleyball Sweeps SUNYIT on Senior Day

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State volleyball team (12-16) honored its seniors by sweeping SUNYIT (12-20) in straight sets, 25-19, 25-16, 25-18, on Wednesday night at Max Ziel Gymnasium. Sabrina Sutton (Jr., Fulton, N.Y.) paced the Lakers with seven kills in two sets followed by six kills from Morgan Grimes (Sr., Cambridge, N.Y.).

Brittany Jones (Sr., Lake George, N.Y.) handed out 15 assists, while Stephany Olsheski (Sr., Brockport, N.Y.) recorded eight assists. Each player also tallied four service aces apiece for eight of the squad’s 16 aces. Kelsey Ihle (Sr., Clarence Center, N.Y.) compiled 11 digs.

Kaitlyn Harrington led the Wildcats with five kills and 12 digs, while Hanne Saarinen posted ten assists.

The Lakers set the tone immediately by opening the match with an 8-0 run. SUNYIT cut the lead to five points at 13-8 after a service ace, but Jones rattled off two aces combined with two Wildcat hitting errors to build the advantage back up to 17-8. Jenna Sniffen (Sr., Syracuse, N.Y.) closed out the set with one of her three kills.

Holding a slim, two-point lead early in the second set, Oswego State utilitzed a 13-4 run to distance itself from the visitors, as the Lakers gained an insurmountable 20-7 lead. Sniffen later ended the set with another kill.

Oswego State raced out to an 11-3 lead, but SUNYIT responded with a run of its own to make the score 11-10 in favor of the home team. The score remained close the rest of the way until Meaghan Puff (Jr., Newfane, N.Y.) registered three kills over the final four points.

Prior to the game, Oswego State honored its six seniors, Chelsea Crump (Sandy Creek, N.Y.), Morgan Grimes, Kelsey Ihle, Brittany Jones (Sr., Lake George, N.Y.), Stephany Olsheski, and Jenna Sniffen.

The Lakers wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they host St. John Fisher and Potsdam in a triangular match.