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Volleyball team falls on opening night at Plattsburgh Tournament

Volleyball team falls on opening night at Plattsburgh Tournament

Plattsburgh, NY—The Sage Colleges' women's volleyball team opened the new season on Friday competing at the Plattsburgh State Cardinal Invitational. Sage faced Plymouth State in the opener, but fell 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 26-24). Sage then faced the host Cardinals of Plattsburgh State pushing them to four sets, but falling 3-1 (28-26, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17). Sage drops to 0-2 on the young season.

Against Plymouth State, sophomore outside hitter Emma Parkington (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional) added seven kills with a .312 attack percentage to go with her five digs and 8.5 points.  As a rookie, Parkington earned a spot on the Empire 8 Sportswoman Team after finishing the season with a with a team-best 223.0 points on 174 kills with 23 aces and 47 blocks and 169 digs. She earned three selections as the Empire 8 Rookie of the Week in her first campaign at Sage.

Graduate performer Miranda Nethaway (Fonda, NY/Fonda Fultonville) added 5.0 points with her four kills and a pair of block assists. Senior outside hitter Megan Ryder (Broadalbin, NY/Broadalbin Perth) had eight digs with four kills and an ace. She also finished with a .944 receiving percentage after making just one reception error in 17 attempts. Junior setter Courtney Formosa (Waterford, NY/Waterford-Halfmoon) led the Gators with her four aces and connected for three digs in the match, while senior outside hitter Gabby Rowell (Morrisonville, NY/Beekmantown) picked up five digs with four kills and a solo block with a block assist for the Gators. 

Against Plattsburgh State, the Gators fell 3-1. Rookie defensive specialist Elaina Moisidis (Albany, NY/Albany) erupted for 14 digs against Plattsburgh, while Parkington finished with 12 points on nine kills with a pair of aces and 17 digs. She posted a .817 receiving percentage after making 5 errors on 22 attempts. Nethaway added 11.0 points after posting eight kills with four digs, two aces and a pair of block assists. Rowell added eight kills with five digs for the Gators. Ryder also netted 10 points after racking up 14 digs with eight kills, an ace and a block assist.

Sage is back in action on day two of the Plattsburgh State Best Western Ground Round Classic taking on Hartwick College at 11 a.m. and Colby-Sawyer at 1 p.m.