By Khari Demos, Sports Editor
Women’s volleyball downs Utica and Elmira in crossover
The St. John Fisher women’s volleyball continues to succeed in the 2017 season, taking both of their Oct. 7 matchups with Utica and Elmira 3-0. The Cardinals now hold a 17-5 record overall, with a 5-1 mark in Empire 8 games.
Fisher dominated in the first two sets against Utica, outscoring the Pioneers by a combined 50-26 margin. Big performances came from Katie Mazierski, who ended up with 12 kills and six digs on the game, Phoebe Kane who contributed with her 37 assists and Elise Kreuz added four aces and 13 digs to the victory.
The Cardinals nearly dropped their first set with Elmira, eventually winning 27-25 in extra sets before taking the last two sets as well. Phoebe Kane finished with another 37 assists outing and chipped in with 8 digs and 3 aces. Elise Kreuz had another 15 digs on the night and Katie Mazierski rounded things off with her 11 digs and nine kills.
Fisher returns to the court on Wednesday, Oct. 11 when they travel to non-conference opponent Buffalo State.
Women’s tennis secures postseason berth
Fisher took on conference rival Sage on Oct. 7, sweeping all victories 9-0. With this win, the Cardinals have now secured the three seed in the Empire 8 conference tournament.
Singles matchups were a key to Fisher’s win, losing only one match overall. Amanda Pendergast, Cassidy Bell, Taylor Slink, Caroline Seaberg and Kaili Saffran all came out on top in straight sets. Doubles sets were also heavily in Fisher’s favor, with a 24-8 overall margin for the game.
The Cardinals will wrap up regular season play in their Senior Day match with Oswego on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Men’s golf finishes fall slate
Fisher ended its fall season with a 17th place finish in the Royal Lakes Oglethorpe Invitational. This was the first time all season that the Cardinals ended an event outside of the top seven.
The top performer of the day for Fisher was Colin McGaugh with his +4 mark putting him in 29th place. Michael Long and Andrew Fedele both rounded out with +11 scores, leaving them tied at 67th place in the tournament.
The Cardinals will be off throughout the winter, and will begin the spring season with the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational in March.
Cross country challenged at Houghton Highlander Invitational
Both men’s and women’s cross country competed in the Houghton College Highlander Cross Country Invitational. Neither team was able to crack the top 10, with the teams finishing in 12th and 11th place respectively.
For the men’s, the top finish came from Bernard Daoust who ended in 53th place. The Cardinals had more success on the women’s side as Sydney Swan came in 29th place, while Juliette Miller came in at 32nd.
The Cardinals look ahead to Saturday, Oct. 14 in the Yellowjacket Invite at the University of Rochester.
Women’s soccer loses in weekend contests
Fisher was pitted against two conference opponents in Utica and Stevens, but came up short in both contests. The Cardinals took a 2-1 overtime loss to the Pioneers before falling 4-0 to the Ducks.
After a scoreless first half with Utica, Fisher sent things into overtime with a Kerri Orbach goal, with an assist from Makenzie Winslow.
In the Stevens game, offense was unable to produce but the Cardinal defense provided assistance. Melissa McGowan and Lila Platt combined for 11 of the team’s 12 total saves.
Fisher’s next matchup will be on Thursday, Oct. 12 at Wells College.
Men’s soccer outlasts Houghton
The Cardinals came away with a 5-2 win in their Empire 8 conference game versus Houghton. This victory raises Fisher to 7-3-3 on the year and gives them a 2-2 record in conference play.
Putting together a 4-1 first half lead, the Cardinals had this matchup at hand early on. Tyler Randall took charge with two goals, followed by Jake Gentile, Muhamed Milikovic and Jeff Meyers adding a solo goals as well. Offensively, Fisher took advantage of the Highlanders during the entire game as they were only able to put up two saves.
East Avenue rival Nazareth will be next for the Cardinals, when the Golden Flyers come into Growney Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14.