Cortland Purple Tigers close out the season with a five set victory over Auburn

Cortland Varsity Volleyball Team. PHOTO TAKEN EARLIER THIS SEASON. (Photo provided to us by Cortland Volleyball Head Coach Cheri Olson).

The Cortland Purple Tigers were able to pull off a five set victory over Auburn Tuesday night to close out their shortened season. 

Both teams battled until the fifth and decisive set of the match, where the Tigers came out victorious with a score of 25-19.

“It was a short but sweet season,” said Cortland Head Coach Cheri Olson. “Ending on a win is always a good thing, even if we had to fight five sets to do it. Auburn is a very scrappy team and we were having a hard time finding open spots on their side of the net. I’m proud of this team and will miss these seniors!”

The Purple Tigers were led by Alex Gier (8 kills), Jenn Baker (18 assists & 8 digs), Lexi Zacek (5 kills & 10 digs), Alyssa Greenwood (4 aces, 2 kills & 5 digs), and Julia Guest (3 aces & 4 kills). 

Auburn’s biggest contributors were Kirsten Casterline (14 assists,13 digs), Marissa Albert (16 digs), Sidney Gera (16 digs), and Nicole Rhodes (6 kills & 12 digs).  

Here is a set by set breakdown of Tuesday’s match: 

Team  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th  Final
Cortland 22 25 18 25 25 3
Auburn 25 12 25 16 19 2

The Purple Tigers ended the shortened season with an 8-3 overall record.