Cortland Red Dragons take home Eastern Division title despite split
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- Cortland won the SUNYAC Eastern Division title with a 7-1 record after splitting two matches at New Paltz during Day 2 of divisional pool play. The Red Dragons (28-3) are ranked 11th nationally in the AVCA Poll. Buffalo State won the West Division title and will host the six-team SUNYAC tournament Nov. 2-4. Cortland and Buffalo State will receive byes into the semifinals.
New Paltz defeated Cortland in a five-set thriller (25-22, 25-21, 17-25, 17-25, 15-13). Cortland had four players record double-figure kills, led by senior Ashley Coyle's 17 and junior Ava Hintz's 15. Junior Aubrey Barrett and senior Natalie Zacpal had 13 kills apiece.
Senior Kristen Guercio finished with 56 assists and 14 digs. Junior libero Krissy Silk led the team with 30 digs. Coyle added 20 digs and freshman Kim Givelechian finished with 18 digs. Barrett had 13 digs, while Hintz and Givelechian led Cortland with four blocks each.
Led by Coyle's 22 kills and 14 digs, Cortland then defeated Plattsburgh in four sets (25-10, 23-25, 25-11, 25-17). Hintz and Zacpal had 10 kills each. Zacpal also putting down a team-best four blocks. Guercio dished out 45 assists, Hintz had three aces, Givelechian finished with a team-high 23 digs and Silk chipped in with 19 digs.