September 17, 2008


Cortland spikers get back on track


SUNY Cortland senior and Homer Central Alum Meg Cole belts shot during the first set of doubles play against Ithaca Tuesday. Cole and partner Kristina Lazzaro won 8-6. Ithaca took the match 7-2.

Coming off a modest two-match losing skid, this was just what the SUNY Cortland volleyball team needed.
The Red Dragons rolled to a non-league victory over visiting Brockport Tuesday evening, in total control of a 25-7, 25-18, 25-18 victory at Corey Gymnasium as junior Michelle Gaufman powered the attack with 14 kills.
The Red Dragons never trailed in any of the three games while improving to 9-4 on the season.
Junior Ariel Rakita added nine kills and eight digs for the Red Dragons. Senior Haleigh Muka finished with four kills, three aces and eight digs and senior setter Brittney Horton registered 35 assists.
Brockport (4-10) was led by senior Alyssa Fitchette’s 14 kills, while junior setter Amanda Yachetta collected 22 assists.
Cortland led 9-5 in the first set before going on an 8-0 run to pull away. Rakita had two aces and a kill during the decisive stretch. Brockport broke the run on a Kelly Nowak kill, but the Red Dragons tallied the next seven points — three on Gaufman kills and three on Muka aces.
The Red Dragons jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the second set, fueled by three Gaufman kills. Brockport clawed back to within 12-9 on a Bethany Schlegel ace and was still within 18-14 after a Cortland attack error. Cortland scored four of the next five points and wasn’t seriously threatened again.
In the final frame, Brockport was tied 1-1, but the Red Dragons scored the next three points. Gaufman and Rakita had kills in that mini run. The Golden Eagles stayed within striking distance much of the set, though, and trailed 18-14 after a 3-0 run featuring a Kristi Schrantz kill and ace. Cortland answered with three of the next four points, two on Jamie Wolfe kills, and led by at least five the rest of the way.
The Red Dragons return to action this Friday and Saturday with SUNYAC East pool play in Potsdam. Cortland faces Potsdam and Plattsburgh Friday and Oneonta and New Paltz Saturday.
Dragons Booted by Bombers
ITHACA — It would not take long for Ithaca College men to recover from giving up an early goal to soccer rival and visiting SUNY Cortland Tuesday afternoon.
The Bombers struck for three unanswered goals before halftime arrived and went on to defeat the Red Dragons by that 3-1 margin in a non-league match-up.
It was the second straight loss for Cortland, the Red Dragons now 2-2-1 on the season. The Bombers improved to 4-1.
Cortland opened the scoring in the eighth minute when freshman E.J. Reutemann scored his first career goal. Senior Bryan Patterson sent a cross into the box from the right side that Reutemann headed inside the far post.
The Bombers responded with three goals to close out the half.
Kurt Odenbach tied the game in the 15th minute when he headed in John Tarson’s serve. Matt Baluzy then scored the game-winner in the 34th minute, converting a long throw-in from Michael Jordhamo, and Jeff Geyer added an insurance goal two minutes later with an 18-yard shot into the top right side of the goal.
The Red Dragons managed just three shots in the second half, forcing Ithaca goalie Andy Wilhelm to make one save. Carillo finished with eight saves for Cortland, and Wilhelm stopped three shots for the Bombers.
Cortland Tennis Tripped Up
The SUNY Cortland women’s tennis team had their chances to make things interesting on their home courts against unbeaten Ithaca College. But the Bombers pulled out every close match except on one occasion to post a 7-2 victory on Tuesday.
Cortland fell behind 2-1 after the opening doubles matches, the lone poing earned by senior and Homer Central alum Meg Cole and her partner Kristina Lazzaro. They won a close 8-6 match against Ithaca’s Melanie Cohen and Melissa Nunez.
The Red Dragons just missed taking the lead after doubles. In a match that took more than 70 minutes to complete, the Ithaca first doubles team of Devra Reiman and Alyssa Jaffe defeated Alyssa Tretter and Stephanie DiCapua by a score of 9-8 (9-7).
Bombers Reiman and Jaffe trailed 8-7 but won the next game to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Cortland was leading 7-6 and was one point away from winning the match, but Ithaca fought back and won the next three points for the victory.
Ithaca then put the match away by winning five of the six singles showdowns, though four of those matches were up for grabs.
The only close match that went Cortland’s way came at third singles, where DiCapua prevailed. Now 5-0 on the season in singles, DiCapua won 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 — with the final set actually a super tiebreaker to 10 points due to impending darkness.
At first singles Ithaca’s Reiman defeated Tretter by a score of 6-1, 6-2 and in second singles Jaffe defeated Cole 6-3, 6-0. At fourth singles, Jenereski defeated McElroy 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) and at sixth singles Nunez out-lasted Cortland’s Gabriela Medina in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Cortland plays at St. Lawrence this Friday at 4 p.m.