YORK, PA-The York College women’s
volleyball squad recorded a 3-0 win over former Capital Athletic
Conference rival Goucher College in non-conference action on
Wednesday evening in York. The Spartans improve to 18-13 overall
while the Gopher fall to 16-15 with the loss. The match was the
final home affair of the year for the green and white. The match
was also the culmination of York’s month-long “Dig for
the Cure” event as the Spartan team raised awareness and
funds for breast cancer.
The set scores for the match were 25-20, 25-14, and 25-19.
In the first set, the two squads spent the first third of the set trying to get an advantage on each other. The Spartans began to pull away as they took an 11-7 lead after a Gopher attack error. The Spartan lead eventually grew to eight thanks to a 7-3 York spurt that gave the hosts an 18-10 lead. The Gophers cut the lead to as few as three at 22-19 but the Spartans scored three of the final four points of the set to earn the win.
The second set saw the two teams tied at six after the Spartans trailed early 6-3. The Spartans maintained the lead between one and four points until York finally upped the lead to five at 15-10. York then finished the set on a 10-4 spurt to capture the second set.
Goucher jumped on the Spartans early in the third as they looked to prolong the match. The Gophers led 5-2 before the green and white worked back and eventually tied the set at nine. The Spartans pushed to a 16-14 lead before they went on a 7-1 run to increase the lead to 23-15. Goucher scored three straight to cut the York lead to 23-18 but the Spartans got two of the final three points of the set to close out the match.
The Spartans had a very balanced attack led by junior Casi Brough (Hanover, Pa./Spring Grove) as she notched eight kills and seven digs. Sophomore Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) added five kills, two blocks, and a pair of digs in the win while freshman Julie Coombs (Leonardstown, Md./Leonardstown) chipped in with five kills, seven digs, and two service aces. Freshman setter Cortni Rentzel (Mt. Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) handed out 12 assists while she also had seven digs. Junior libero Amanda Clemens (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) again paced York’s defensive effort with 19 digs. Junior setter Amanda Rouillard (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) matched Clemens with 19 digs while she also had nine assists. Sophomore Alysse Beshore (York, Pa./Northeastern) and freshman Sierra Dell (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) each contributed four block assists to the Spartan effort.
The Gophers were led by Megan Smith as she recorded eight kills and 14 digs. Catie Ditmore chipped in with six kills, nine digs and one block solo. Claire Sauvage-Mar handed out 18 of the Gophers’ 20 assists in the match.
York closes out their regular season on Saturday as they travel to Messiah to face the Falcons and Montclair State in a non-conference tri-meet. The Spartans face Messiah at 10:00 am followed by a 12:30 contest against the Redhawks from Montclair.