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CSE Drops Tough Game 1, Comes from Behind in Game 2

CSE Drops Tough Game 1, Comes from Behind in Game 2

CSE never could recover from their slow start, falling to Keuka College in 3 sets 9-25, 15-25, 19-25.

The first set started off slow for the Screaming Eagles quickly falling behind 9-1. The Eagles finally got into their groove to pull to within 12-5. Katie cooper led the comeback with multiple digs to help the Eagles get within 17-8. Keuka proved to be too much in the rest of the first set as they scored 7 of the next 8 points to take the first set 25-9.

The second set started out much better for the Screaming Eagles.  Trailing 6-3, Kareemah Muhammad brought the Eagles to within 1 with 2 straight service points. The Storm, however, kept the pressure on, notching 10 of the next 11 points to jump out to a 16-6 lead.  Sabhana Wrights, once again led CSE at the net. Trailing 20-9, Sabhana stuffed a spike attempt from Keuka, earning the point.  Riding the momentum, the Eagles took the next 3 points to pull within 20-13. The Eagles could not keep the momentum going, however, as they dropped the second set 25-15.

In the third set, the Storm once again jumped out to a quick lead. Keuka reeled off 7 straight points to take a 13-4 lead, resulting in a timeout by Coach Martins.  After the timeout, CSE took the next 2 points to edge closer to the lead.  The most exciting point of the set was won by CSE, thanks to a perfectly placed shot by senior Cheyenne Grant.  That point seemed to ignite the Eagles as they pulled to within 16-10.  Despite being down 23-14, the Eagles kept on fighting to pull to within 23-17. The Eagles however, could not pull off the comeback, eventually losing the set 25-19.

Nicole Morera led the team with 12 digs as well as 2 service aces. Cheyenne Grant had 24 set assists for the Screaming Eagles.

 

 

In game 2 vs. SUNY Cobleskill, the Screaming Eagles came ready to play. The Eagles jumped out early with a 2-1 lead. The Fighting Tigers from Cobleskill came right back however, taking a 12-5 lead. After a serious of unforced errors by Cobleskill, the Eagles found themselves trailing 19-15. The Eagles could not overcome the deficit, dropping the set 25-16

Trailing 4-3 in the second set, freshman Kiana Cunningham had back to back beautifully placed spikes to give the Eagles their first lead of the game at 5-4. After a back and forth set, the Eagles found themselves tied at 10-10. Ireyah Stevens managed  to spike the next point of a Cobleskill defender, giving the Eagles the lead. The set continued to go back and forth with each team trading points. Down 24-19, the Eagles earned the next 3 points before losing the set 25-22.

CSE did not waste time jumping out to a lead in set 3.  Katie Cooper not only continued her stellar digging play, but also contributed while serving to jump the Eagles out to a 5-1 lead.  The Eagles continued to pour it on with a total team effort.  Cheyenne Grant had 3 straight service points to put the Eagles in front 11-5. CSE continued putting pressure on Cobleskill, forcing them into 2 straight errors, and a 21-11 Eagles lead.  The Screaming Eagles continued to apply pressure, closing out the set with a 25-17 set 3 win.

The Eagles kept the momentum going in the 4th set, jumping out to a 4-3 lead. Stevens continued her clutch play at the net, blocking a spike from Cobleskill and pushing the Eagles lead to 9-5. CSE just kept applying the pressure, rallying off 4 of the next 5 points causing Cobleskill to call a timeout.  Stevens continued carrying the Eagles with block after block at the net. Her presence alone caused Cobleskill to make unforced errors around the net.  The Eagles lead ballooned to 20-10 with the entire team contributing on both offense and defense. Despite a rally by Cobleskill, the Screaming Eagles held on to win the fourth set 25-18 and square the match up.

In the decisive fifth set, the Eagles quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead.  Thanks to the great serving from freshman Nicole Morrera, CSE built their lead to 6-2.  The Screaming Eagles continued their ferocious comeback, extending the lead to 8-4 halfway through the final set.  Ireyah Stevens once again dominated at net with a fantastic spike giving the Eagles a 10-4 lead.  The Eagles continued the pressure, getting to match point before taking down Cobleskill 15-10 in the final set.

Cheyenne Grant led the team with 40 set assists. Kiana Cunningham added 19 digs to help the Eagles to victory. The comeback marks the first victory in the NEAC for CSE and improves their overall record to 12-15 on the season.

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