YORK, PA - The York College volleyball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday evening with a 3-0 win over visiting Villa Julie. Defeating the Mustangs by scores of 30-27, 30-24, and 30-21, York improves to 30-5 while VJC falls to 21-11. With the 30 victories, the Spartans tie the program record set in 1991.
The first game saw the Spartans pull away gaining as much as an eight point lead. The green and white seemed in control of the first frame until the Mustangs rattled off seven straight points to pull within two at 29-27. Sophomore outside hitter Casi Brough (Hanover, Pa./Spring Grove) ended the late rally as her kill gave York the game one win.
A back-and-forth battle ensued in game number two. Tied at 19, the Spartans took a commanding 25-19 lead resulting from a 6-0 run. Exchanging the game’s final points, the green and white eventually closed out for the 30-24 victory in game two.
Finishing out the match in the third game, the green and white jumped out to a 5-1 lead forcing Villa Julie to call an early time-out. The Mustangs fought back and were down only one point at 18-17. York secured the victory by taking 12 of the game’s final sixteen points. Sophomore Jaclyn Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) sent the Spartan fans home happy, as her sixth kill was the match-winner.
Alishia Waltermyer (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) led the way for the Spartan attack as she hammered home 12 kills hitting an impressive .435 for the match. Waltermyer also contributed on the defensive end with four block assists.
Brough nailed eleven kills while Heather Toth (Longmont, Col./Niwot) recorded eight of her own as the pair hit .348 and .467 respectively. Katie Hertz (Glenville, Pa./Delone Catholic) provided her squad with another outstanding effort handing-out 36 assists to go along with 12 digs.
Alex Mercer paced the Mustang offense registering eleven kills while Brittany Umetin delivered 37 assists. Julie Olsen played well defensively for Villa Julie notching 21 digs on the evening. Alana Eller also got in on the defensive effort keeping 18 attempts from hitting the floor.
York now moves on to Thursday’s CAC semifinal match against Salisbury University. Game time in Salisbury is set for 7:00 pm.