Spartans Win Crusader Classic; Waltermyer Earns MVP Honors

Spartans Win Crusader Classic; Waltermyer Earns MVP Honors

SELINSGROVE, PA – The York College volleyball squad captured their fourth in-season tournament title of the year as they swept Susquehanna and Albright to earn the title of the Fifth Annual Hampton Inn Crusader Classic hosted by Susquehanna University on Saturday.

The Spartans have now won a school-record 21 straight as they improve to 22-1 overall. Senior Alishia Waltermyer was named the tournament MVP while junior setter Cortni Rentzel earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.

The Green and White defeated Susquehanna 25-21, 25-20 and 26-24 while they downed Albright 25-13, 17-25, 25-8, and 25-16.

In the win over Susquehanna, Waltermyer had nine kills and four block assists to power the balanced Spartan attack. Alysse Beshore and Julie Coombs each tied Waltermyer for the team-high in kills as they also had nine for the match. Beshore added a service ace and a solo block while Coombs chipped in 12 digs, two assists, and two block assists. Rentzel handed out 33 assists while she also had nine digs for York. Sophomore libero Ashley Rineman notched 16 digs while she also had a match-high four service aces.

For the 16th time during the year, the Spartans hit over .200 for the match as they hit .211 in the win over the Crusaders.

Against Albright, Beshore powered the Spartan offense with 11 kills as she hit a blistering .588 in the match. Waltermyer wasn't far behind with nine kills and a .471 attack percentage. Rentzel distributed 39 assists while she also had five digs, a service ace and a solo block. Rineman had 28 digs and a pair of service aces while junior Heather Bucher chipped in with 13 digs, six kills, six assists, a service ace, a solo block, and a pair of block assists.

The Spartans begin a huge week on Tuesday evening with a crucial trip to St. Mary's for a CAC contest. Game time in St. Mary's City is set for 7:00 pm. The Spartans then travel to Catholic on Wednesday before heading to Frostburg State on Saturday.

Photo: Tournament MVP Alishia Waltermyer (#7) and all-tournament team member Cortni Rentzel (#8) in action earlier this season. Photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh