YORK, PA-The York College volleyball squad captured a pair of
victories during the opening day of the Spartan Best Western
Westgate Invitational at Charles Wolf Gymnasium in York, PA. In the
opener, the Spartans outlasted DeSales 3-1 as the set scores were
17-25, 26-24, 25-10, and 25-22. York followed the opening win with
another 3-1 victory as they defeated Montclair State 25-21, 21-25,
25-17, and 25-18.
In the opener, the Spartans took an early lead in the first set only to have the Bulldogs blow right by them to take the set 25-17. The second set was a back-and-forth affair as Spartans were down early but fought back to capture the set. It was all York in the third set as they started with an 8-1 lead and never looked back. The fourth set was another nip and tuck affair as the Spartans took another early lead only to have the Bulldogs come back and make a game of it.
In the win over DeSales, the Spartans were led by the tandem of Casi Brough (Hanover, Pa./Spring Grove) and Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) as they each tallied 13 kills. Brough hit .423 for the game while she also had six digs. Waltermyer hit .370 for the match while she added three block assists in the victory. Junior libero Amanda Clemens (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) recorded 33 digs while she was also a perfect 33-for-33 in service return. Freshman Cortni Rentzel (Mt. Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) recorded the double-double with 28 assists and 11 digs while fellow frosh Heather Bucher (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) chipped in with a double-double of her own with 23 assists and 10 digs. Bucher also had four block assists. Junior Jaclyn Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) contributed 11 kills and six digs to the Spartan attack. Freshman Sierra Dell (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) also had a strong match with nine kills, a solo block and a block assist.
In the nightcap, the green and white played well in the opening set before falling behind big in the second. York trailed by as many as nine points before roaring back to tie the match at 20. The Red Hawks took five of the final six points of the set to knot the match at one set each. The Spartans then played some of their best volleyball of the day in clinching sets three and four for the match win.
Brough put together another strong offensive match as the captain had 13 kills and hit .345 for the match. Bucher and Waltermyer were the other two Spartans in double figures in kills as they had ten each. Bucher also handed out 15 assists and had 10 digs for the rare triple-double. Waltermyer chipped in with a solo block and three block assists. Rentzel dished out 30 assists while Clemens recorded a team-high 23 digs while she also had three service aces. Sophomore Jana Arentz (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) came off the bench to provide a little spark for York. She notched 11 digs while she also had a pair of service aces.
The Spartans continue the tournament on Saturday afternoon as they host Albright College at 11:00 am before playing Eastern University in the tournament championship game at 3:00 pm. The Spartans and Eagles have already advanced to the championship game by virtue of their tie-breaker with the other one-loss team on their side of the bracket.