CARLISLE, PA - The York College volleyball squad had a very successful first day at the Dickinson College Invitational as the Spartans swept a pair of previously unbeaten teams en route to two victories on Friday.
The Spartans opened the day with a with a 3-1 victory over Elizabethtown College. The win avenges the Spartans? early season loss to Elizabethtown last Saturday as they won the match by scores of 25-14, 25-27, 27-25, and 25-13.
They concluded the day with a 3-1 win over a 6-0 Lebanon Valley squad. The Spartans won the match 25-20, 29-27, 18-25, and 25-20. The Spartans are now 5-1 for 2010.
In the win over the Blue Jays, the Spartans had their best offensive match of the year as they hit a blistering .325 for the match. Junior Julie Coombs led the way as she banged out 19 kills with just two errors in 37 attempts for a .459 attack percentage. Coombs also had 11 digs for the Spartans. Fellow junior Heather Bucher added a season-high 16 kills as she hit .389 in the win. Bucher also had 13 digs, seven assists, and two service aces.
Junior setter Cortni Rentzel handed out 55 assists while she also had 16 digs and two block assists. Sophomore libero Ashley Rineman had 30 digs as she continued to play outstanding defense for York. Freshman Jessica Moyer contributed 11 kills and three block assists while Alysse Beshore was the fourth Spartan in double figures in kills as she had 10 kills in addition to notching five digs and five block assists. Senior Jana Arentz was the fifth Spartan to reach double figures in digs as she contributed 11 off the bench to aid York?s defensive effort.
In the victory against LVC, Coombs was again outstanding as she banged out 18 kills with just one error as she hit .405 for the match. Bucher also played well in the match as she notched 13 kills to go along with 11 digs, three service aces, a solo block and six block assists. Beshore was the third Spartan in double figures with 10 kills and just one error as she hit .391 for the match.
Rentzel again powered the offense with 47 assists while she was also outstanding on defense with 25 digs. Rineman continues to be one of the best defensive players in the region as the sophomore recorded 32 digs for the Green and White. Senior Alishia Waltermyer added eight kills, six block assists and a solo block in the win for York.
The Spartans continue the tournament on Saturday as they face the host Red Devils at 10:00 am followed by a contest against Bridgewater (Va.) at 2:00 pm.