Panthers Open Season With Win
Corning CC—The TC3 volleyball team opened the 2004 campaign with a strong showing at the Red Baron Invitational in Corning Saturday, advancing to the semifinals. The Panthers posted wins over SUNY Canton, Onondaga Community College, and Corning Community College while dropping matches to tournament champion Alfred State and runner-up Monroe Community College. TC3 is now 3-2 on the season.
In the opening match against Canton, Nickie Calale (Homer/Homer) posted a match-high 30 digs, helping the Panthers to a convincing win. Katie Balshuweit (Owego Free Academy/Owego) dished out 24 assists and Andrea Salinas (Carthage/Fort Drum) and Chelsea Newton (Peru/Morrisonville) each had 8 kills as TC3 won 30-17, 30-19, and 33-31.
Against Onondaga, TC3 posted wins of 30-12, 30-28, and 30-27. Amber Stanton (Walton/Walton) starred at the service line, ripping off 13 consecutive service points in one game and finishing the match with nine aces. Sarah Stoeckel (Chenango Forks/Binghamton) had 34 digs and Theresa Eannetta (Newfield/Newfield) handed out 14 assists.
In the final match of pool play, TC3 fell to eventual tournament champion Alfred State 21-30, 30-27, 22-30. Calale again led the defense with 47 digs while Page Anderson (Homer/Cortland) had 4 aces. The loss left TC3 2-1 in pool play, good enough to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals each match was a best two-out-of-three contest, with the deciding game going to 15. TC3 took on the host school, beating Corning Community College 30-18, 25-30, 15-5. Newton had a solid match, posting six aces and four kills. Calale recorded 36 digs while Salinas pounded out 5 kills.
The win put TC3 into the semifinals against Monroe Community College. Playing their fifth match of the day, the Panthers showed fatigue in falling in two games, 30-8 and 30-25. Calale and Stanton each had fine defensive efforts, recording 27 and 15 digs, respectively. Salinas led the offense with five kills.
TC3 returns to the court Saturday, hosting a three-way meet with Alfred State and Morrisville State. Action begins at 10 AM.