YORK, Pa. – The York College volleyball team opened the 2009 campaign with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the visiting Messiah College Falcons Tuesday evening. Despite dropping the first set, the Spartans posted a four set 23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-17 in their season opener at Charles Wolf Gymnasium.
Not only were the Spartans able to start the season in the win column, but with that triumph head coach Sue DuMars recorded her 250th career victory at York College. After winning 19 games last season, the Green and White are off to a solid start to start to their fall schedule.
Although York failed to gain early rhythm in their opener, during the third set the Spartans were able to find their groove. After being tied 11-11, York rallied for ten consecutive points, the longest streak of the match, to gain the momentum they carried throughout the remainder of play.
The fourth set saw the Spartans post short rallies throughout the game, highlighted by sophomore Julie Coombs (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown). The outside hitter recorded numerous blocks and kills during the set to help solidify York’s victory.
The Spartans were led by Coombs and fellow sophomore Heather Bucher (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) who each posted stellar outings. Coombs finished the day with 11 kills and 11 digs while Bucher finished with six kills and four service aces, two of which came at the conclusion of set three.
Cortni Renzel (Mt. Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) and Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) also contributed significantly to the victory. Rentzel began her sophomore campaign by commanding the middle, dishing out 34 of York’s 41 assists. Rineman posted tremendous games in sets three and four as her sprawling digs kept numerous points alive and energized the Spartan side. She finished the day with a team-high 12 digs.
The Spartans will now travel to Elizabethtown on Saturday, September 5 where they will compete in a tri-meet. The Spartans are scheduled to take on Elizabethtown at noon and McDaniel at 2:00 p.m.
Spartan volleyball team photo courtesy of York College senior Steve Doemland
Game story written by York College sports information student intern Matt Clark