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Senior Day a Success as Spartans Down Cardinals in Four

YORK, PA – The York College volleyball team celebrated their 2009 Senior Day in fine style with a 3-1 non-conference victory over former Capital Athletic Conference rival Catholic University on Thursday night in York. The Spartans won the match 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19. York improves to 15-8 with the win while the Cardinals fall to 16-9.

On senior day, it’s ironic that the Spartans received a strong performance from one of their youngest players as freshman Melissa Patterson (Edgewater, Md./South River) banged home a match-high 12 kills in addition to a solo block for 13 points. Patterson hit .381 in one of her best matches of the year.

Junior Alysse Beshore (York, Pa./Northeastern) also had a strong night with 16 points on 11 kills, three service aces, and four block assists. Beshore also had four digs for the Green and White. Fellow junior Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) added 10 kills, three solo blocks, one block assist and five digs. Waltermyer finished with 13.5 points for the match. Sophomore Heather Bucher (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) was the fourth Spartan in double figures in points with 11.5 on seven kills, three service aces, and three block assists. Bucher also notched four assists and 13 digs.

Senior Amanda Rouillard (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) earned the start on senior night and responded with 45 assists, nine digs, and three kills. Fellow senior Jaci Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) added nine kills and three digs for nine points.

Freshman Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) paced the Spartans’ defensive effort with a match-high 19 digs while she also had two service aces. Sophomore Julie Coombs (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) chipped in with 13 digs of her own.

Catholic was led by Lynn Brown as she had a team-high 13 points. Brown had 10 kills, three solo blocks and five digs. Katie Chefalas contributed 18 digs, eight kills, and a block assist for the Cardinals. Michaela Carroll handed out 36 assists and notched 12 digs for the visitors.

Prior to the contest, Davis, Amanda Clemens (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) and Rouillard were recognized for their contributions to the program. The victory over Catholic was the 86th win in the careers of the three Spartan seniors.

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Marymount University for a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time in Arlington, VA is set for 7:00 pm.

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