YORK, PA - The 2007 edition of the Spartan Best Western Westgate Invitational concluded Saturday evening with the host York College volleyball team owning the title. Sweeping the tournament, the champion Spartans won all five of their matches and now sport an overall record of 15-3.
After defeating both Albright and Virginia Wesleyan in Friday’s action, York took to the court against Alvernia College at 9:30 Saturday morning. The early wake-up call proved beneficial for the Spartans as they disposed of the Crusaders in three games 30-14, 30-9, and 30-24. Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa. / Red Lion) registered eleven kills to lead the Spartans as Casi Brough (Hanover, Pa. / Spring Grove) added nine kills of her own. The always steady Katie Hertz (Glenville, Pa. / Delone Catholic) paced the York squad with 26 assists. Lindsay Crider (Greencastle, Pa. / James Buchanan) recorded 12 digs for the match to go along with 12 assists.
In their second match of the day, the green and white faced a talented Marietta squad that had defeated Virginia Wesleyan in a grueling five game match just a few hours prior. Backing up their three game win earlier in the day, the Spartans took the victory in four games 30-28, 24-30, 30-13, and 30-26. Waltermyer and Lindsay Schorner (Spring Grove, Pa. / Spring Grove) combined in an offensive assault as the pair tallied 18 kills apiece. Brough and Elizabeth Sempervive (Flemington, N.J. / Hunterdon Central Regional) also got in on the attacking action, hammering a total of 27 kills between the two. Hertz played her best game of the invitational registering an incredible 57 assists. Libero Laura Krajewski (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) notched 24 digs to lead the Spartans defensively while Amy Livelsberger (Hanover, Pa. / Delone Catholic) compiled 18 digs of her own.
Having advanced to the championship round, York met familiar foe Lebanon Valley. The two squads had previously faced each other three times this season with York winning two of the three matches. Not wanting to surrender the tournament trophy on their home court, the green and white came out an inspired bunch and blanked the Flying Dutchmen 3-0. Brough once again led the Spartan attack as she hammered home 14 kills on 38 attempts for an impressive .289 hitting percentage. Schorner finished up her strong tournament with 13 kills to go along with 21 digs as Waltermyer also recorded double-digit kills notching ten for the match. Hertz paced the green and white with 42 assists while she also compiled 13 digs.
York puts their six match winning streak on the line Tuesday as they host a traditionally strong Gallaudet squad. The Capital Athletic Conference match is set to begin at 7:00 pm.