Canton too much for Bobcats volleyball

PAUL SMITHS – The Paul Smith’s College women’s volleyball fell to powerhouse SUNY Canton in three sets Wednesday night.

The Kangaroos won by scores of 25-12, 25-16 and 25-15 to improve their record to 19-3. Paul Smith’s College dropped to 7-12.

“Overall, we just made fewer errors,” said Kangaroos coach Carol LaMarche. “Paul Smith’s is really improved from the last year or two. I would say, we’re just a little more consistent right now, in general, hitting, serving, passing. We just make fewer errors, so in the end, that was what the difference was.”

Despite winning all three games, Canton fell behind early in a couple of them to give the Bobcats hopes of an upset. In game two, the Bobcats held an early 5-1 advantage before stumbling.

“I’m not sure why we came out slow,” LaMarche said. “I’m not sure of that. We, in general, do have that problem and we need to figure out a way to come out and play right from the beginning. I’m not sure why we were doing that.”

Despite the loss, Paul Smith’s received a strong game from middle hitter Nicole Armstrong, who finished with 16 points overall.

“I think they definitely have an advantage,” Bobcats coach Christina Carpenter said. “They’re a D-3 school. They play schools that are also D-3. They are a little bit higher up. Obviously, in their power rankings, but I think we played well overall. We have some strong hitters and some good girls in the back row, so I think they played very well against a team like that.”

Overall, the season has been a success for the Bobcats, who have improved over the past few seasons. Their seven wins is more than they’ve had recently.

“We had more wins than we’ve had since I started coaching,” said Carpenter, now in her fourth season. “We’ve played every game competitive. Most of the games go to five sets. All of them have been two hours long. We took and beat New Hampshire Technical Institute twice this year, which we had never done prior to this year, so that was good win. Just playing hard and looking forward to our last conference match in October.”