YORK, PA-The York College volleyball squad had a strong first day at the Spartan Best Western Westgate Invitational as the Spartans captured a pair of wins on Friday evening. The Spartans opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Albright and followed that with a 3-1 victory over a feisty Virginia Wesleyan squad in the nightcap. The Albright score was 30-10, 30-18, and 30-18 while the Virginia Wesleyan score was 25-30, 30-18, 30-25, 30-24. The Spartans are now 12-3 as they have won three straight.
In the win over Albright, Spartan head coach Sue DuMars made use of her deep bench as all but one Spartans who dressed, played. Sophomore standout Lindsay Schorner (Spring Grove, Pa. /Spring Grove) was again brilliant as she notched 12 kills with only one error in 22 attempts, good for a hitting percentage of .500. Schorner also recorded five digs and two service aces for York. Freshman Alisha Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa. /Red Lion) chipped in with seven kills and three block assists. Senior Katie Hertz (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) set for two games of the match as she notched 18 assists, seven digs and a kill. Fellow senior Lindsay Crider (Greencastle, Pa./James Buchanan) set for the third game and recorded 14 assists. Hertz, senior Amy Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic), and senior Laura Krajewski (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) each had seven digs to lead the defensive effort.
Albright was paced by Jessica Higgins as she had five kills and four digs while Keri Wischner added six assists, four kills, four digs, and a pair of block assists. Lauren Higgins recorded seven assists, two kills, two blocks, two digs and a service ace to the Lion attack.
Against Virginia Wesleyan, the Spartans were paced by Schorner as she posted an impressive line of 19 kills and 11 digs. She hit .354 for the match. Waltermyer and sophomore Casi Brough (Hanover, Pa./Spring Grove) each added 11 kills. Waltermyer did not have an error as she hit .423 for the match. Brough added eight digs for the Spartans. Freshman Elizabeth Sempervive (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 10 kills of her own. Hertz was fantastic with 52 assists, seven kills and seven digs. Livelsberger led the defensive charge with 16 digs while Crider added 14 digs of her own. Krajewski contributed 11 digs for York. Freshman Heather Toth (Longmont, Col./Niwot) added strong play at the net with 2 solo blocks and three block assists.
The Marlins were led by Rebecca Leedom as she notched 14 kills. Debbie Sterne contributed 13 kills and four blocks for VWC. Tara Sutton recorded 22 digs while Melissa Campbell notched 17 of her own. Setter Grace Geralds had 38 assists in the match for the Marlins.
The Spartans return to action Saturday morning when they host Alvernia at 9:30 am. The green and white face Marietta at 1:30 in their second match of the day. The tournament championship will be held at 4:30 pm.