OSWEGO – After shaking off a slow start, the Oswego State volleyball team utilized strong serving to even the match, but eventually fell 3-1 (15-25, 25-23, 25-27, 21-25) to Cazenovia Tuesday night at Max Ziel Gymnasium. The Wildcats’ Lauren Harder led all players with 18 kills, while no Laker player reached double digits.
Oswego State, which fell to 3-13 overall, will travel to SUNY Canton on Saturday where it will compete against Utica and the host school. Cazenovia improved to 6-11 with its fourth straight win.
The Wildcats built a 10-4 lead in the opening set, and never looked back as the Laker offense struggled to find its range.
Oswego State responded in the second set beginning behind the service line as it started serving more aggressively in an attempt to keep Cazenovia’s offensive attack out of rhythm. With the score tied at 6-6, Samantha Manicone (Fr., Copiague, N.Y.) and Lauren Weaver (Fr., Schoharie, N.Y.) registered service aces and Meaghan Puff (So., Newfane, N.Y.) added two kills during a 6-1 run that saw the Lakers take a 12-7 lead.
Oswego State saw the advantage swell to 18-12 following a Kim Grice (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) kill, but Cazenovia rattled off seven of the next eight points to level the score at 19. The Lakers went on to close out the set, 25-22, due to a trio of Wildcat miscues.
The third set was a back-and-forth affair as no side held more than three-point edge. Oswego State staved off two set points before a Laker hitting error, as Cazenovia took the set, 27-25.
In the final set, the Wildcats established an early 8-4 lead, but Oswego State gradually chipped away at the deficit until the score was tied at 18. Cazenovia weathered the comeback, though, as it outscored the Lakers 7-3 down the stretch to close out the match, 25-21.
Stephanie Bailey (Fr., Scotia, N.Y.) and Puff recorded eight kills each to pace the Oswego State attack with Katie Kietzmann (So., Amsterdam, N.Y.) handing out 25 assists and posting a team-high 16 digs. The Lakers finished the match with 13 service aces as Danielle Groat (Fr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.) tallied four and Christina Anderson (Fr., Huntington Station, N.Y.) added three.
Carissa Wheeler joined Harder in double figures with 11 kills to go along with a game-high 22 digs. Katherin Hurlbut compiled 23 assists, while Noelle Sippel added 21 for the Wildcats.