OSWEGO – Stephanie Bailey (Fr., Scotia, N.Y.) registered 12 kills and hit nearly .300 to help the Oswego State volleyball team defeat Utica, 3-1 (25-11, 19-25, 25-12, 25-13), during the second day of the Oswego State Invitational. The Lakers dropped the last match of the tournament to Alfred, 3-1 (10-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16), to move to 6-16 overall.
Against the Pioneers, Bailey was the only player to reach double-digit kills on either side, as Kara Michelsen (Fr., Lake View, N.Y.) finished with 26 assists. The Laker defense stepped up in the win as four players reached double figures in digs, including Meaghan Puff (So., Newfane, N.Y.) and Kim Grice (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) with 12 each and Samantha Manicone (Fr., Copiague, N.Y.) and Michelsen with 11 apiece. However, the edge in the match came down to aggressive serving by Oswego State as it tallied 18 service aces. Utica was led offensively by Alyssa Nicotera’s eight kills and Kellee Furno, who recorded 22 assists and 13 digs.
Oswego State ran into a hot offense when it faced Alfred, as Paige Jensen and Chelsea Hall combined to put away 31 kills on the outside. The Lakers struggled to get their offense from the beginning as the Saxons posted 16 service aces. Puff paced the home team with seven kills followed by six from Bailey and Grice. Michelsen finished with 24 assists, while Manicone registered 11 digs.
Oswego State will travel to Hamburg on Wednesday to face Hilbert College at 7 p.m.