ALFRED, N.Y. – The Elmira College women’s volleyball team split its final afternoon of the season on Saturday afternoon, taking part in a pair of non-conference matchups against the Mounties from Mt. Aloysius, and the Pioneers from Alfred State. After defeating the Mounties 3-1 in the opener in which Maddie Boucher ’24 recorded ten kills to go along with 29 Asis Curkendall ’24 set assists, the Soaring Eagles would be downed in straight-sets by the Pioneers to conclude the afternoon.
JUST THE BASICS:
SCORE (G1): Elmira 3, Mt. Aloysius 1
SCORE (G2): Elmira 0, Alfred State 3
LOCATION: Alfred, New York | Orvis Activities Center
TEAM RECORDS: Elmira (8-18, 0-8 Empire 8), Alfred State (16-8, 7-2 AMCC), Mt. Aloysius (10-17, 5-4 AMCC)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first match of the day, the Soaring Eagles would be battle-tested by the Mounties, as each team scored at least 20 points in each of the four sets on the afternoon.
- After the Mounties got out to an 18-15 lead in the opening frame as part of a 7-0 run, the Soaring Eagles would surge back for five straight of its own to regain the lead, as Boucher tallied back-to-back kills during the run. After Mt. Aloysius regained the lead and looked to close the door in the opener (24-22), Elmira would score four straight to conclude the set, capped by a kill from Makenna Clark ’25.
- The second set would prove to be much like the first, as with the frame tied at 22-22 a piece, the Soaring Eagles would score three of the final four points, using a service ace from Morgan Richardson ’25, and a pair of errors from the opposition to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
- The Mounties would take the third set 25-23 scoring seven of the final eight points to erase the Soaring Eagle lead to push the match to a fourth set.
- In the final frame, Elmira would put the match to an end following a kill from Gabriella Rustine ’26, before Rustine concluded the opener with a block to send Elmira away with a 3-1 victory.
- For the match, to go along with Boucher’s ten kills and Curkendall’s 29 set assists, Boucher (13), Curkendall (14), and Deanna Hathway ’24 (10) would record double-digit digs for Elmira. Additionally, Cassidy Ryan ’24 and Clark would each record eight kills
- Against Alfred State, the opposition would…