Panthers Fall to Undefeated Hornets

Playing host to one of the top teams in the region, the Tompkins Cortland Community College volleyball team came up short Thursday, losing to SUNY Broome in straight sets, 25-9, 25-22, 25-9. The Panthers are now 2-4 overall, 1-4 in Region III, and 1-2 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Broome is 7-0 overall, 5-0 in Region III, and 4-0 in the MSAC.

Broome used 11-2 runs in the early moments of both the first and third sets to run away with those contests, but the second set was a different story. The Panthers scored four of the first five points and built a lead of 8-2. After Broome rallied to pull within one at 9-8, Tompkins Cortland responded to push the lead back to four points at 13-9. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Hornets scored 12 of the next 13 points to take a 21-14 lead. To the Panthers credit, the team didn't roll over, clawing back to come within three points at 23-20. The final margin held at three points, leaving the Panthers just short of becoming just the second team this season to take a set from Broome.

Amanda Green (Lansing/Lansing H.S.) had a busy night with ten assists and eight digs. Jade VanWagenen (McGraw/McGraw H.S.) led the team with four kills and one block. Erin Harkenrider (Dryden/Dryden H.S.) had three kills and two aces.

The Panthers head to Binghamton this weekend for a Region III Pod, hosted by SUNY Broome. The Panthers will play three matches, squaring off against Herkimer College, Mohawk Valley Community College, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College.