POTSDAM, N.Y. – For the second time in program history, New Paltz (34-8) will play for a regional title, as the Hawks downed rival SUNY Cortland (34-6) by a 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-21) score in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship on Saturday.
New Paltz hit .242 for the match and limited Cortland to a .168 hitting percentage. The Hawks corralled 12 service aces, and the Red Dragons suffered 18 attacking errors to the Hawks’ 12.
New Paltz was paced by senior middle hitter Dana Vosilla, who had a team-high 11 kills and a .526 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Michelle Jacobson added 10 kills and junior setter Marissa King dished out 30 assists. Defensively, Vosilla led the way with five blocks, while freshman outside hitter Becca Borquist and sophomore libero Katy Herbst boasted nine digs each. Furthermore, Borquist floored five service aces.
For Cortland, Ashley Coyle had a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs, while Kristen Guercio handed out 31 assists. Krissy Silk also collected 12 digs.
The Red Dragons held the momentum through much of the first set and back-to-back kills by Coyle and Aubrey Barrett made the score 16-11 in favor of Cortland. New Paltz rattled off four consecutive points to draw within one, but the Red Dragons responded with two consecutive points to build a three-point edge. An attacking error by Coyle opened the floodgates, as the Red Dragons’ momentum was stopped when two additional attacking miscues tied the score at 18.
King served up an ace to give the Hawks the lead and another Cortland attacking error put New Paltz up by two. Coming out of a timeout, the Red Dragons earned a point off a service error, but kills by Jacobson and junior middle hitter Liz Hauser prompted a second Cortland timeout. Jacobson served back-to-back aces to bring up set point, and she served her third consecutive ace to seal the game-one win.
Cortland struggled throughout much of the second set. A seven-point tear by New Paltz—capped off by a Jacobson kill—put the Hawks up 8-2. Cortland was then unable to come within five points and New Paltz put itself one set win away from a regional final appearance.
After back-and-forth play in the third stanza, New Paltz took a 19-15 edge after scoring four consecutive points. The Red Dragons clawed back and a kill from Coyle tied the tally at 19. Following a New Paltz timeout, the Hawks scored two consecutive points, while Coyle brought the Red Dragons back within one with a kill. A Cortland service error, a Vosilla kill and a Herbst service ace put the Red Dragons on the ropes with match point, but Coyle sided out New Paltz will a kill. Vosilla once again came up big, as she landed the match-ending termination.