FROSTBURG, MD – The York College volleyball squad saw their fantastic 2010 season come to a heart-breaking end as they fell to the top-seeded Frostburg State Bobcats 3-2 in the semifinals of the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. The Bobcats won the match 19-25, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25, and 15-6.
Frostburg improves to 31-3 overall as they advance to face second-seeded Mary Washington in the conference championship match on Saturday. The Spartans end the campaign with a mark of 27-6.
The first set was nip-and-tuck the entire time as the game was tied four times with the last tie coming at 10-10. The Green and White went on a 4-0 spurt that gave them a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the set. The Bobcats drew to within two twice but York eventually pulled away for the six point win.
The second game was much like the first as the teams were tied at 10 through the first 20 points of the set. The Bobcats went on a 5-1 run to seize control of the set. York cut their deficit to 20-19 on a 4-0 spurt but Frostburg ended the set by scoring five of the final six points of the game to tie the match at one set each.
The third game seemed to follow the script of the first two as the teams were deadlocked at nine early in the set. York forged a 13-9 lead only to have the Bobcats come back and tie the set at 18. York scored seven of the final 10 points of the set to take the 2-1 lead.
The fourth set was as taut and exciting as a collegiate volleyball match can get. Frostburg took a four-point lead at 16-12 but York battled back to tie the set at 20. That four point advantage was the largest that either team held in the game. The two teams then went back and forth as the set was tied at 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 before the Spartans committed a pair of attack errors that allowed the Bobcats to pull out the 27-25 win and force a fifth and deciding set.
York started the fifth set with an Alishia Waltermyer kill but the Bobcats scored six of the next eight points to take the 6-3 lead. Frostburg then ripped off a 7-2 run that sealed the Spartans' fate as they went on to take the match 15-6 in the fifth.
The Bobcats were led by Sarah Stephens as she banged out a match-high 21 kills while she also had 21 digs. Sabrina Winterling added 15 kills and a .367 attack percentage. Amber Winterling was the third Bobcat in double figures with 11 kills while she also had a team-high 22 digs. Kylie Carrington handed out 49 assists while she also had 15 digs for the double-double.
Senior Alysse Beshore paced the balanced Spartan attack as the middle hitter had 15 kills for York. Freshman Jessica Moyer added 12 kills for the Green and White. Sophomore standout Ashley Rineman led the Spartans' defensive charge with a match-high 27 digs while Julie Coombs added 18 digs and nine kills for York. Setter Cortni Rentzel had 47 assists in addition to 17 digs, four kills, and two service aces. Waltermyer chipped in with eight kills while junior Heather Bucher had 21 digs, seven kills, five assists, and three blocks.
The loss closes out a season in which the Spartans had a school-record 21 match win streak while they also won four in-season tournaments including the Spartan Invitational in late September. The 27 wins are the second highest total since the school-record tying 30 wins in 2007.
York must now say goodbye to three seniors as Waltermyer, Beshore, and Jana Arentz have put on the Green and White for the last time. The Spartans' have won 94 matches over the last four years. York will return five starters next season including Rentzel, Bucher, Coombs, Rineman and Moyer as they look to build on the tremendous success of 2010.
Alishia Waltermyer photo courtesy of Scott Guise