CLINTON, N.Y. – The Wildcats jumped right back into action at the Hamilton Invitational after defeating local rival Utica College on Friday evening. Bowdoin College took down SUNY Poly in four sets in the first match of the invite on Saturday (25-8, 17-25, 25-12, 25-17). The Wildcats then fell to local foe Hamilton College in straight sets (25-19, 27-25, 25-20). SUNY Poly is now 5-14 on the season.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start on the day, as they fell behind 17-2 in the first set. The Polar Bears of Bowdoin would take the set handily over SUNY Poly by a score of 25-8. The Wildcats, however, would bounce back in the second set. Makayla Hulett (Colonie, N.Y.) had two consecutive kills to start the set. From there, SUNY Poly was able to take the lead and hold on to take the set.
Bowdoin would prove to be too much for the Wildcats in the third set. Led by kills from Ashley Williams, Bowdoin took a 2-1 set advantage over SUNY Poly. The fourth set was more of the same for the Polar Bears as they jumped out to an early lead and took the match.
The first set was neck and neck to start with Hamilton holding an 11-10 lead. The Continentals then went on an 8-1 run led by Emma Parkhurst's three kills. The Wildcats could not recover, and would eventually drop the set 25-17.
SUNY Poly came out hot to start the second set. Sydney Johnson (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) and her strong serving effort brought the Wildcats to an early 5-0 advantage. Hamilton would eventually claw their way back into the set, and the Wildcats found themselves in a tie at 25-25 with the Continentals. Two points later, Hamilton took the set.
The third set and final set was also a hard fought battle between the two teams. Unfortunately for SUNY Poly, Hamilton College proved to be too much as they took the match with a 25-20 victory in the final set.
- Karlie King (Liverpool, N.Y.) led the Wildcats in kills in both matches, totaling 23 on the day to go along with three service aces.
- As a team, the Wildcats recorded a combined 22 service errors in the two matches, while their opponents had 12 service errors.
- Makayla Hulett had 15 kills for SUNY Poly.
- Sydney Johnson recorded 46 assists on the day for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday October 2nd to take on Cortland State. The match is set to begin at 7:00pm in Cortland.