BETHLEHEM, PA - The York College volleyball team suffered a pair of losses Saturday afternoon at the Moravian tri-meet in the final day of York's regular season. The Green and White first fell to the host Greyhounds in four sets (17-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-18) before dropping a five-set affair to an exceptional Lebanon Valley squad (25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 15-25, 15-10).
The Spartans, who close out their 2009 regular season slate with a mark of 17-13 (5-3 CAC) took the first set of day in their match against Moravian (15-17) by a 25-17 but that would prove York's lone high mark for their tri-meet opener.
Junior Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) posted a match-high 13 kills on 32 attempts while Alysse Beshore (York, Pa./Northeastern) registered eleven. Cortni Rentzel (Mt. Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) handed out 35 helpers, another match-best, while posting a trio of service aces.
Defensively, freshman sensation Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) had 18 digs to lead all players while Heather Bucher (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) and Jana Arentz (Hanover, Pa./Hanover) each kept 12 balls off the floor.
For Moravian, Katie Moquete had seven kills while Mary King recorded six to go along with nine service aces. Christine Poole's 21 assists paced the Greyhounds as did Ashley Schmidt's 15 digs.
In the latter match, the Spartans stretched a two-loss Lebanon Valley (29-2) squad to the brink but fell in the fifth set. After dropping the first two games, York rallied to secure games three and four, including a 26-24 win in the third set, but LVC outlasted the Green and White 15-10 in the final frame. The Spartans are now 4-2 in five-set matches this season.
Beshore and Waltermyer traded places statistically against the Flying Dutchmen as Beshore posted 13 kills while Waltermyer recorded eleven. Bucher added nine kills of her own, helping Rentzel's effort in distributing 45 assists.
Rineman again led the Spartans in digs with 23 while Rentzel posted 17 herself. Bucher and Julie Coombs (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) also registered double digits in the digs category with 17 and ten respectively.
The Spartans now focus their attention squarely on the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. York opens up the 2009 league playoffs on November 3 as the Green and White host St. Mary's in a 7:00 p.m. tilt from York's Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center.
Spartan volleyball photo courtesy of Scott Guise