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sports editor brian cremo

sports@cardinalpointsonline.com

friday, sept. 17, 2010

Gregg Twergo/Cardinal Points The Lady Cards may have gotten off to a 1-7 start, but they feel their closeness as a team will be a strong contributor to their success once the SUNYAC games begin.

VBALL: Lady Cards a ‘cohesive’ group From Page One O’Connell is the way the new players have integrated into the team “The cohesiveness is amazing,” O’Connell said. “We had a great preseason and the freshmen who came in last year are completely dedicated as well as the other returners and the new kids need experience, but they are athletes, so as far as the bond of the team goes it has worked out really well.” This weekend the Lady Cards will host their home tournament, the Cardinal Classic, against Keuka College, Norwich University

PLATTSBURGH

Record Kills per set Assists per set Aces per set Errors per set Digs per set Blocks per set

1-7 5.60 5.24 .74 16.64 7.03 .91

and SUNY Cobleskill. “I think we will play really well,” junior Chyresse Wells said. “We have a lot of time to warm up and we are all really excited.” If the Lady Cards are to be successful this weekend, it will take a team effort. “As long as everyone steps up and we communicate (we can win),” Wells said. “Every tournament we go into, we get excited.” Home tournaments can put extra pressure on players for different reasons. “I think they are going to be nervous because it’s going to be a weekend tournament and they will have family here,. Hope-

Keuka

Record Kills per set Assists per set Aces per set Errors per set Digs per set Blocks per set

2-3 8.87 1.67 2.27 12 9.07 1.47

fully they get the jitters out against Clarkson.” O’Connell said. The Lady Cards will be facing Norwich for the second time this year, the Cadets handed the Lady Cards a 3-2 loss. “We learned from what we did and every team out there is beatable, so I think the girls need to relax, play their game and make sure that they do what is necessary to win.” O’Connell said. Alongside O’Connell on the bench this year will be two new faces on the coaching staff. John Marinello will be taking on the role of volunteer assistant and Andy Mink will be

Norwich

Record Kills per set Assists per set Aces per set Errors per set Digs per set Blocks per set

the head assistant to O’Connell. “They both played volleyball,” O’Connell said. “That’s important. They’re younger, so they’re gung-ho at wanting to help out and be ready for our games. I’m very excited that they’re here and that I have another pair of eyes that can maybe see something different than I can.” The Lady Cards open the Cardinal Classic today against Keuka at 2 p.m. and then they take on Norwich at 8 p.m. They return to Memorial Hall on Saturday to face SUNY Cobleskill at 10 a.m. The medal match game of the tournament will be either 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.

4-2 9.20 7.90 3.40 13.32 11.08 1.20

COBLESKILL

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TENNIS: PSUC sees low-ranked XC: Lynch keeping teams players from 2009 move up in ’10 focused on training goals From Page One

From Page One singles as well as in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The theme for PSUC this season is young players. The Cards have five underclassmen, including two freshman, and only four upperclassmen, only one of whom is a senior. Both Hodnett and Paquette are sophomores and look to improve on their freshman campaigns. Along with freshmen Fasciano and Politano, transfer Caitlin Belladone is also a new-comer to the team and will generally fill in at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. While PSUC is certainly a younger team, Stata is hoping that inexperience won’t be a problem this season. “The younger group that we have seems to come in pretty strong,” Stata said. Stata also doesn’t concern himself with inexperience because each year he hopes the team members get stronger physically and mentally. One reason why inexperience may not be an issue is the team chemistry the players feel. “I think everyone has a really good chemistry,” Belladone said. “We all communicate well and everyone gets along really well too.” Belladone also pointed out how the team is able to call each other out if they see a mistake and they work to help each other correct those mistakes. Hodnett agreed there is strong team chemistry.

Jeff Carpenter/Cardinal Points Meghan Ryan lunges after a ball in practice last week at the Fieldhouse. The tennis team hosts Oswego this weekend.

“We like to make each other laugh so that helps…we keep everyone positive,” Hodnett said. PSUC is 2-3 so far this season, with their two wins coming in nonconference games. So far the Cards are 0-3 in SUNYAC play, a trend which they will look to reverse today against Oswego. The two squads have only played one common opponent this season, SUNY New Paltz. New Paltz shut out both teams 0-9. Oswego’s biggest threat from last year, Tiarra Garrow, graduated, leaving them a void at the number one spot.

Garrow, who is an assistant for the Lakers (0-4), was a standout under Stata until she transferred to Oswego. The spot she left behind has been filled by Lauren MacHose who, as of September 12, had won only a single match this season. It was also the only winning match the Lakers posted through Sunday. Despite the Laker’s struggles, the Lady Cards know that it is still a big rivalry game. “I’m looking forward to playing Oswego because they are the rivals,” Belladone said. Today’s match begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Fieldhouse.

Both the men and women squads rested their top eight ranked 23 and the women’s team runners in the meet. ranked 28. The men were lead by Rich “It’s nice to know that other Adickes, who finished 11th overpeople respect both our teams,” all with a time of 17:51. Lynch said, “but we were also Michael Schram finished just ranked to start the season last behind Adickes, coming in 12th year and didn’t finish where we overall. should have. We’re going to take Dylan Hedderman and Ethan the early rankings with a Waite both finished in grain of salt, and not let it the top 20 for the Cards. go to our heads.” Jasmine Boncore came Cardinal runners Mark in 6th overall with a Heymann and Bobby time of 22:13 to lead the Grim finished first and women’s team. Sarah second, respectively, for Pope finished 12th with the men’s team, with a a time of 22:46. total of six Cardinal men “It was a tougher finishing in the top 10. Lynch course than we’re used Stefanie Braun led the to at Paul Smith’s in some women’s team with a unfavorable weather second place finish. conditions, which reThe women’s team sulted in some slower had eight total runners times.” Lynch said, “Our finish in the top ten. All athletes ran well nonewere under the 20-mintheless.” ute mark. In his 5th year as “The women’s squad PSUC’s head coach of Heymann especially showed an track and field and cross excellent performance in country, Lynch has some the Cardinal Classic,” Lynch said, new goals for his team this sea“The most finishing in the top 10 son. before this year was four. This “This year, I want our team’s shows we have great depth on to focus more on training goals, our women’s team.” rather than competition goals,” The Cardinals competed in Lynch said, “This will limit our their second meet against run- stresses on both sides. I beners from Clarkson, St. Lawrence, lieve both squads have athletes SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, with the ability to get to nationand the hosting Paul Smith’s Col- als, and focusing on the proper lege in the North Country Invita- training goals is what will help tional. get them there.”


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