ASTON, PA – The York College volleyball team captured their second consecutive in-season tournament championship with a four-match sweep of the 2010 Neumann University Knights Invitational on Saturday. The Spartans have now won 11 straight as they swept the weekend and in the processes dropped only two sets in four matches. York improves to 12-1 overall.
The Spartans began the day with a win over host Neumann 3-1 in their final pool play match of the tournament. The Spartans won the match 25-15, 25-18, 23-25, and 25-16. The Green and White concluded the weekend with a 23-25, 25-6, 25-14, 25-23 win over Widener in the tournament championship match.
In the opener, the Spartans were led by the dynamic duo of Alysse Beshore and Alishia Waltermyer as the senior middle hitters were fantastic in the win. Beshore had 13 kills, three block assists and seven digs in the win. Waltermyer registered 12 kills, a trio of block assists and a solo block to help power the Spartans to their tenth straight win. Freshman Jessica Moyer played three sets in the match as she recorded nine kills, hit .368 for the match, and also had three block assists and three digs.
Sophomore libero Ashley Rineman continued her outstanding defensive efforts with a match-high 24 digs in the victory. Junior setter Cortni Rentzel handed out 45 assists while she also collected 15 digs for the double-double.
In the championship match, Waltermyer powered the Spartans with 16 kills and a .560 attack percentage. She also had a solo block and a block assist. Beshore added 14 kills but had an uncharacteristic six errors. She also had three block assists and one solo block.
Rineman led York's defensive effort with 34 digs as she capped a weekend in which she was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Rentzel distributed 34 assists to 14 digs and a service ace for York. Junior Heather Bucher contributed 12 digs, eight assists, and five kills for the Green and White. Junior Julie Coombs was the fourth Spartan in double figures in digs with 10 while she also had five kills and one service ace.
In addition to Rineman's MVP award, Beshore earned All-Tournament team honors.
The Spartans are now off until Friday, September 24 when they host the 2010 Spartan Invitational at Charles Wolf Gymnasium. The Spartans open the eight-team tournament on Friday night at 5:00 pm when they host the Blue Jays from Johns Hopkins.
PHOTO: Sophomore Ashley Rineman earned the Tournament MVP for her performance in the 2010 Knights' Invitational this weekend.