YORK, PA - After falling in the first game, the York College Spartans rallied back to win three in a row as they defeated St. Mary’s (Md.) College 24-26, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, during the first round of a Capital Athletic Conference playoff match on Tuesday night in York.
Sophomore Julie Coombs (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) was a key contributor during set number two, sparking the Green-and-White and giving them much needed momentum that would carry her squad throughout the remainder of the match. Coombs had three kills during the beginning of the second set and then a few crucial blocks later in the set, allowing the Spartans to tie the match up at one game apiece. Coombs finished the match with nine kills, 16 digs, and three blocks.
The Spartans evidently showed they wanted to advance to the next round of the CAC playoffs, as they held or at least had a share of the lead during the entirety of set three. Heather Bucher (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) recorded both of her aces during that set, throwing down her serves on consecutive points. Bucher would finish with 10 kills and six digs for the match.
Despite rolling through set three, it took York halfway through set four until they were able to get their offense to start clicking again. The Spartans saw the tides turn in their favor after freshmen Melissa Patterson (Edgewater, Md./South River) put one away after a lengthy rally to give her squad a 17-16 advantage, York’s first lead since the opening point of the set. Patterson would have a few more clutch kills down the stretch as she helped put the match away for the Green-and-White. Patterson would finish with nine kills on only 12 attempts and would also tack on three blocks.
In what was a total team effort, Alishia Waltermyer (Brogue, Pa./Red Lion) led her squad with 11 kills while junior Alysse Beshore (York, Pa./Northeastern) added on nine kills of her own. On the defensive side of the ball, freshman Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) led the Spartans with 21 digs en route to advancing her team’s record to 18-13 on the year.
The Spartans will take on the Salisbury University Sea Gulls on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. as the two squads will battle in out during a Capital Athletic Conference semi-final match.
Written by Sports Information Department Intern Matt Clark
Heather Bucher photo by Scott Guise