SELINSGROVE, PA – The York College volleyball squad captured second place at the 2009 Hampton Inn Crusader Classic courtesy of a pair of hard-fought victories on Saturday. The Spartans topped Rowan 3-2 before besting Richard Stockton in a five-game match to improve their 2009 record to 13-8.
Sophomore standout Alysse Beshore (York, Pa./Northeastern) was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player for her outstanding performance during the two-day event. Over the four matches, Beshore totaled 54 kills on 93 attempts with only 14 errors. She also posted a stellar 21 block assists, two solo blocks, and four aces.
On Saturday against the Owls (7-14), the Green and White secured the victory with games of 25-10, 19-25, 25-9, 18-25, 15-11. Beshore provided the Spartans with an exceptional match in Saturday’s Spartan opener. She tallied 16 kills with only a trio of errors on 33 attempts while she added seven block assists. Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) also notched double-digit kills against Rowan recording 13.
Cortni Rentzel (Mt. Wolf, Pa./Northeastern), York’s sophomore setter, handed-out 36 assists and contributed four aces while Jackie Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) added nine kills to the Spartans’ offensive effort. Heather Bucher (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) had an all-around quality match with six kills, eight digs, and four block assists.
Defensively, York was led by freshman Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) who registered 27 digs and sophomore Julie Coombs (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) who posted 15.
The Spartans were stretched to the limit yet again, this time by Richard Stockton in their final match of the Crusader Classic. York scratched out the quality win over the now 15-7 Ospreys after being down two games to one – 18-25, 25-23, 12-25, 25-18, 15-8.
Beshore again paced the Spartan offensively as she recorded 15 kills and a .385 attack percentage. She also added six block assists and one solo block to aid the Green and White defensively.
Davis added 14 kills in one of her top outputs of the year. Waltermyer and Bucher each notched eleven kills with Bucher also contributing nine digs. Melissa Patterson (Edgewater, Md./South River) registered nine kills, posting an efficient .438 attack percentage.
Rentzel distributed an incredible 59 assists against Richard Stockton, increasing her total to 689 helpers on the year. The sophomore also posted 14 digs to aid the defensive effort.
Rineman again paced the Green and White in digs, recording 19 against the Ospreys.
The Spartans are set to return to the court on Tuesday, October 13, traveling to Capital Athletic Conference foe Wesley. Match time from Dover, Del. is slated for 7:00 pm.
Alysse Beshore - 2009 Hampton Inn Crusader Classic MVP - photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)