Spartans Take Sea Gulls to the Brink Before Falling in Five

SALISBURY, MD – The York College Spartan volleyball squad threw a big scare into top seeded Salisbury University as the Green and White extended the Sea Gulls to five games before falling in the final set in Thursday’s Capital Athletic Conference semifinals in Salisbury, MD. The set scores were 24-26, 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 15-6.

Salisbury improves to 29-4 as they advance to face Gallaudet in the CAC title contest on Saturday in Salisbury. The Spartans fall to 18-14 overall.

The first set saw the Sea Gulls jump on the Spartans early as they took a commanding 18-8 lead. The Spartans slowly started to climb back into the set but still trailed 22-14. York then fashioned a 10-2 spurt that tied the match at 24. The Spartans earned the set one win courtesy of a Salisbury hitting error and an Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) kill.

The second set was much closer throughout. Salisbury held a three-point lead at 13-10 before York went on a 12-4 run to take a 22-17 advantage. Salisbury stormed back and finished the set on an 8-1 run that turned an almost certain Spartan set win into a 1-1 tie.

Set three was another close one as York led early only to have the hosts come back and seize the lead. The two squads were tied at 10 but Salisbury ripped off four of the next five points to take the 14-11 lead. The Gulls would push the lead to as high as four before the Spartans trimmed the lead to two at 22-20. Another Waltermyer kill brought the Green and White to within one at 22-21 but Rachel Downs registered consecutive kills to give the Gulls a 24-21 lead. Alysse Beshore (York, Pa./Northeastern) banged home a kill to draw the Spartans to within 24-22 before a Spartan service error ended the set.

York never trailed in the fourth set as they posted a 25-19 victory in the set to extend the match to a fifth set. That fifth set would not be kind to the Green and White as the Gulls jumped out to a 6-1 lead. York cut the lead to 7-3 but that would be as close as York got as the hosts rolled to the fifth set victory.

York was led by senior Jaclyn Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) as she concluded her career in stellar fashion. Davis recorded a match-high 19 kills while she also had a block assist for 19.5 points. Waltemyer was the other Spartan in double figures in kills with 15 kills for 15 points. Beshore was the third Spartan in double figures with 13 points on seven kills, five service aces, and a pair of block assists.

Sophomore Cortni Rentzel (Mt. Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) handed out 46 assists and had five digs while she also had four block assists. Freshman Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) led York with 22 digs while Jana Arentz (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) chipped in with 14 digs of her own.

Downes led Salisbury with 17 points on 14 kills, two service aces and a block. Downes also excelled defensively as she notched a double-double with 11 digs. Gabby Long recorded 19 digs to lead the Salisbury defense while Lindsey Saltzman handed out 30 assists and Carley Todd had 21 helpers.

The Spartans lose Davis, setter Amand Rouillard (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) and defensive specialist Amanda Clemens (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) but return all six starters in 2010 which bodes well for the Spartan program heading into next season.

MATCH BOX

Photo: Senior Jaclyn Davis closed out her career with a big 19 kill performance.