Spartans Fall to Bison in Five Game Thriller
YORK, PA - The York College volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking five-game match against visiting Gallaudet on Tuesday night in Capital Athletic Conference action. The Bison (8-5, 4-0 CAC) took the match with scores of 35-33, 26-30, 28-30, 30-20, and 15-13. The Spartans now stand at 15-4 with a 2-1 CAC record, but are 0-3 in five-game matches this season.
Gallaudet jumped out to a quick 5-1 advantage in the first game. Battling back to take eight of the next nine, the Spartans looked primed to defeat the tough Bison squad. Gallaudet however, quickly reestablished the lead with a run of their own and went up 19-13. York then tallied nine of the next ten points, taking a 22-20 lead and forcing the Bison into a timeout. Both sides fought hard throughout the rest of the game, before Gallaudet grabbed the win, 35-33.
York proceeded to garner the next two games, 30-26 and 30-28, as the Bison gave away numerous points through unforced errors. Now up two games to one, the Spartans were in great shape to overcome the team that ousted them from last season’s CAC tournament.
Unfortunately for the green and white, Gallaudet was up to the challenge and was dominant in the fourth game winning 30-20. The final frame saw York jump out to a 6-0 lead, before the Bison went on a streak of their own winning the next five. The back-and-forth battle resulted in a Gallaudet 15-13 win, giving the visitors the 3-2 match victory.
The Spartans were never able to get into a rhythm as the Gallaudet defense stymied York’s offense the entire night. The Bison’s size and quickness proved a deadly combination that resulted in solid blocks and sprawling digs. Seeming to never allow an easy point, Gallaudet was in the right place at the right time for almost every Spartan attack.
Lindsay Schorner (Spring Grove, Pa. / Spring Grove) was York’s most dangerous threat throughout the evening, registering a team-high eleven kills. Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa. / Red Lion) and Casi Brough (Hanover, Pa. / Spring Grove) pitched in with nine and eight kills respectively. Katie Hertz (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) kept her team in the match handing out 41 assists. Hertz also led the Spartans defensively, notching 22 digs. Libero Laura Krajewski (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) and defensive specialist Amy Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa. / Delone Catholic) contributed mightily to the defensive effort as each had 16 digs.
For the Bison, Justine Jeter hammered home 14 kills on 38 attempts for a .270 hitting percentage. Amanda Kreiger recorded a double-double compiling 13 kills and 16 digs on the night while Krystle Berrigan dished-out 50 helpers from her setter position. Shana Lehman led Gallaudet on the defensive end registering an incredible 40 digs. Katelyn Reese was a wall at the net as she had five solo blocks and three block assists.
Having lost their first game in the past seven matches, York looks to get back on track with a visit to Wesley College on Thursday. The CAC tilt is scheduled for 7:00 pm.