Sea Gulls Bounce Spartans in CAC Opener
YORK, PA – The York College volleyball team fell 3-0 Wednesday evening as visiting Salisbury University blanked the Spartans in straight sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-19. The defeat drops York’s record to 5-4 on the year including 0-1 in Capital Athletic Conference action while Salisbury improves to 8-1 (1-0 CAC).
The first game started strong for the Green and White as York built a tidy 9-4 advantage after securing four straight points. Amanda Clemens’ (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) kill capped the 4-0 spurt that resulted in York’s first 5-point lead of the game.
After a 10-5 Spartan advantage, the Sea Gulls won nine of the next ten points, stringing together seven straight to grab 14-11 lead. Much of the remainder of the frame proved a back and forth affair yet York never regained their early traction, falling by a mere four points.
Game two was all Salisbury. The visitors jumped out to a quick 4-1 advantage and never looked back, holding the lead for the rest of the frame. The Spartans would close the gap to 12-10 midway through the set, but Salisbury rattled off five consecutive points to open a 17-10 margin. The visitors would use a pair of three-point runs to widen the gap, finishing off the set with a big kill by Lexy Fitzkee.
The Sea Gulls completed the sweep in game three. York held an early 5-2 lead but Salisbury came back to take the set 25-19.
For the match, Jaclyn Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) led the Green and White offensively, posting eight kills on 18 attempts and only three errors. Davis hit .278 on the evening as she made an immediate impact upon entering the game in the second stanza. Alishia Waltemyer (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) and Julie Coombs (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) each added five kills for the Spartans. Cortni Rentzel (Mt. Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) played another solid match at setter, handing out 25 assists, while freshman libero Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) recorded a team-high 15 digs.
Salisbury’s Rachel Downes notched a game-high nine kills as she hit .250. Carley Todd registered eight assists for the Sea Gulls while Gabby Long posted eleven digs. Melissa Stanbury and Fitzkee added ten digs apiece for the visitors.
York will look for a swift return to the win column this Saturday in their second of three straight CAC matches. The Green and White head to Stevenson University on September 19 for a 12:00 pm tilt with the Mustangs.
Jaclyn Davis records one of her 18 attempts Wednesday night - photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh