SUNYIT Defeats Oswego in 3-2 Thriller; Both Teams Defeat Cancer

UTICA, NY – The SUNYIT women’s volleyball team defeated Oswego State 3-2 at the Campus Center Gymnasium in a ‘pink’ volleyball match Tuesday night. The match was in conjunction with the Side-Out Foundation’s “Dig Pink” Campaign, a Breast Cancer Awareness rally being held all of October to raise awareness and funds.

The packed house at the campus center was treated with a fantastic match in addition to the multiple activities occurring for the Dig Pink campaign. Game one was a back-and-forth battle that saw both teams hold the lead, but the Wildcats were eventually able to come away with a 25-23 victory. Oswego held a slight lead throughout all of game two and evened up the match with a 25-23 win. SUNYIT came out hot in game three and had a 14-3 lead before Oswego stormed back to be only down two at 19-17. The Wildcats would score three straight points, but Oswego would again answer with four straight points of their own and would go on to win 27-25. SUNYIT would answer by coming out hot again in game four, jumping out to a quick 11-3 lead en route to 25-10 victory to force a decisive game five. The Wildcats would hold an 11-7 lead, but Oswego would not go away easily, scoring three straight points to make it 11-10, but the Wildcats would maintain their composure and finish off their opponent 15-11.

Sophomore Juleah Vedder (Dolgeville, NY/Dolgeville) led the way with a dominant line of 26 kills, 20 digs, eight serve aces and four total blocks. Senior Tracy Lee (Boonville, NY/Adirondack) had 13 digs and five kills, while fellow classmate Katrina Ernest (Altamont, NY/Guilderland) finished with seven digs and six kills. Senior Lindsay Meislin (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) registered 10 digs, sophomore Kate Synakowski (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro) had five digs and junior Nicole Higgins (Sellersville, PA/Pennridge) tallied 43 assists.

Just as exciting as the match was the $1,100 dollars raised at the event. Both teams wore pink jerseys for the match and auctioned them off at the conclusion of the match, and baked goods and a Chinese Auction took place as well. Additionally, SUNYIT raised $1,400 through their donation page on Side-Out’s Web site, bringing their total amount raised in the fight against breast cancer to $2,500.

The Wildcats are now 15-10 overall and will close out their regular season this Saturday when they host Morrisville and Cobleskill for a tri-match. SUNYIT will first take on Morrisville at 9:00 am before squaring off against Cobleskill at 11:00 am.

Volleyball Box Score
                                      2009
           Oswego State Lakers vs SUNYIT (Oct 20, 2009 at Utica, NY)

   Oswego State Lakers    |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
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2  Kelsey Ihle.........  5|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  9| 0  0  0|  0
3  Jess Isgro..........  4|  7   8  25 -.040|  0|  0   0|  0|  2| 0  0  0|  0
4  Morgan Grimes.......  4|  2   2   9  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 1  1  1|  0
5  Cassandra Lembo.....  1|  0   3   8 -.375|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0
6  Stephany Olsheski...  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  2| 0  0  0|  0
7  Katie van Kessel....  5| 12   7  44  .114|  0|  0   0|  0|  3| 0  0  1|  0
8  Jenna Sniffen.......  2|  1   1   4  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0
9  Courtney Price......  2|  1   3   7 -.286|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0
10 Chelsea Crump.......  5|  6   0  18  .333|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 1  1  1|  0
11 Alyssa Brock........  5| 11  10  29  .034|  2|  0   0|  0| 11| 0  1  0|  0
12 Rachel Rossi........  4|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  3| 0  0  0|  0
13 Elizabeth Crouch....  5|  3   2  11  .091| 37|  0   0|  0|  7| 0  0  2|  2
14 Thresa Myers........  1|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
15 Shauna Westrack.....  5|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  0   0|  0| 18| 0  0  0|  0
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   Totals..............  5| 43  36 157  .045| 39|  0   0|  0| 59| 2  3  5|  2

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 3.5
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1  10  7  31  .097   GAME SCORES               1  2  3  4  5  TEAM RECORDS
   2  12 10  42  .048   Oswego State Lakers. (2) 23 25 27 12 11  7-19
   3   8  7  39  .026   SUNYIT.............. (3) 25 23 25 25 15  15-10
   4   8  9  26 -.038
   5   5  3  19  .105

   SUNYIT                 |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
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1  Katrina Ernest......  5|  6   6  18  .000|  0|  1   4|  3|  7| 0  0  1|  1
2  Katie Synakowski....  5|  5   2  16  .188|  1|  1   3|  0|  1| 0  2  1|  0
3  Lindsay Meislin.....  5|  0   0   0  .000|  1|  1   0|  0| 10| 0  0  0|  1
8  Brooke Johnson......  5|  0   1   1-1.000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  1|  1
10 Juleah Vedder.......  5| 26   4  59  .373|  0|  8   3|  0| 20| 3  1  0|  0
11 Tracy Lee...........  5|  5   3  18  .111|  1|  0   2|  0| 13| 0  0  1|  0
12 Nicole Higgins......  5|  3   1  14  .143| 42|  2   1|  0|  6| 2  1  1|  1
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   Totals..............  5| 45  17 126  .222| 45| 13  13|  3| 57| 5  4  5|  4

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1   8  5  26  .115   Site: Utica, NY (Campus Center Gym)
   2  10  4  35  .171   Date: Oct 20, 2009   Attend: 200   Time: 1:45
   3   9  6  31  .097   Referees:
   4  10  1  20  .450
   5   8  1  14  .500