BUFFALO, NY – The State University of New York, Buffalo volleyball team ended its season on a winning note Saturday afternoon as the Bulls swept visiting Albany, 3-0 at Alumni Arena. The win gives the Bulls a final record of 17-15, the first time since 1995-96 that UB has been over .500 in back-to-back seasons.
The Bulls took the contest, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22 as they outhit the Great Danes .085 to .077. All three sets were tight throughout as the teams were looking to end their season on a winning note. In the opening set, Albany scored the first four points of the contest. UB went on an 11-5 run to take a lead in the set. The two teams remained tied at 23-23 when kills from freshman Skyler Day and senior Sable Staller gave the Bulls the opening set.
Tied at 11-11 in the second set, UB went on a 9-2 run to pull away from Albany, capped off on a kill from junior Megan Lipski. UB continued to lead 24-15 when Albany fought of four set points before a kill from junior Akeila Lain ended the second set in favor of UB.
The Bulls got out to another big lead in the third set as an Albany attack error saw the Bulls take a 20-13 lead. Despite the big lead, Albany was able to make a late run to pull within 24-22 before UB was able to take the match on a huge solo block from Cassie Shado.
"I was glad to see us fight today and end the season with a win against a very good Albany team," said head coach Reed Sunahara. "Over the course of the year we learned a lot as a team and I am happy that I can continue and watch this group improve in the offseason."
In her final match, Staller led the Bulls with eight kills and no errors as she hit .727 for the match. Day and Shado each added seven kills, while Lain and fellow junior Amber Hatchett each had five. Sophomore Megan Lin finished with a team-high 23 assists.
The Bulls end the year with a 17-15 mark and return all, but just two players next season. Today was the final match for Staller and fellow senior Liz Scott.