By Brian Savard
ROCHESTER - The State University of New York at New Paltz women’s volleyball team (5-3) finished the weekend 4-0 at the University of Rochester Volleyball Invitational, and as a result, the Hawks won the tournament’s title as the only undefeated team at the event. On Saturday, New Paltz beat Hamilton College, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-17), before downing host Rochester, 3-1 (19-25, 25-11, 25-23, 25-10), in the nightcap.
Against Hamilton, sophomore outside hitter Becca Borquist floored 13 kills and hit .481 for the match, while senior setter Marissa King dished out 28 assists to her teammates. Senior libero Carrie Hack came up with 23 digs in the three-set match, while King and Borquist each had two total blocks for the Hawks.
In the Hawks’ match against home team Rochester, Borquist was the primary offensive option once again, as she registered 16 terminations in the match. King handed out 33 assists, while Hack led New Paltz in the back row with 21 digs. Junior outside hitter Alli Coleman set the program record for single-match block assists in a four-set match, recording an impressive seven stops. She erased the former standard of six, which Katy Jerome achieved back on September 26, 2002 against SUNY Plattsburgh. Coleman also had one solo block of her own to finish with a legit eight total blocks for the contest.
With the pair of wins, head coach Matt Giufre pushed his career record to 298-140, and he has the potential to achieve his 300th victory on day one of the Hawks Invitational, which runs from Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at the Hawk Center.
Only two other active State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women’s volleyball coaches - SUNY Fredonia’s Geoff Braun and SUNY Oneonta’s Colleen Cashman - have achieved that notable plateau. Of note, Oneonta’s Cashman won her 300th match just last Friday night.