September 6, 2011

Spartans Fall in CAC Opener

YORK, PA – The Salisbury University volleyball team stayed perfect as they opened Capital Athletic Conference play with a 3-1 victory over the York College Spartans Tuesday night in York. The Spartans fall to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the CAC while the Sea Gulls are now 5-0 and 1-0 in the conference.

The game scorers were 25-18, 15-25, 25-21, and 25-15.

The Gulls took the early game one lead, 10-4. The Spartans trimmed their deficit to two at 11-9 but the guests went on a quick 4-0 spurt, pushing the lead back to 15-9. The Spartans got back to within two at 18-16 on a Salisbury attack error but that is as close as they would get the rest of the set. Salisbury scored seven of the final nine points of the set to take the opening frame.

The Green and White played much better in the second set, forging out to a quick 9-3 lead. The York lead never fell below five the remainder of the set before the Spartans settled for the 10-point set win.

Set three was highly entertaining for the crowd at Wolf Gymnasium. There were three ties before York went on a 4-0 run, taking a 7-3 lead. Salisbury responded by scoring six of the next eight points, tying the game for a fourth time at nine. The set would be tied again at 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, and 18. With the game tied at 18 and hanging in the balance, the Sea Gulls ran off five straight points to gain control of the set, and the match. York cut their deficit to 24-21 but a Jenna Shay kill ended game three in favor of the Gulls.

Game four saw the Gulls take control early, sprinting out to a 10-4 lead. York cut the lead to four (14-10) on a Katie Huston kill but the Sea Gulls went on a 5-0 spurt to push the lead to nine at 19-10. The teams traded points over the final 11 points before the guests closed out the match.

Julie Poston led the Sea Gull offense as she had 10 kills and hit .286 for the match. Carly Todd added eight kills, 21 assists, 11 digs and a block assist for the Sea Gulls. Four Gulls registered double figures in digs led by libero Michelle Meehan with 15. Kelly Vieira and Lindsey Saltzman added 13 each.

Senior Julie Coombs paced York with 11 kills while she also had eight digs. Senior Heather Bucher chipped in with 10 points as she had nine kills, one service ace, 14 digs, and two assists for York. Senior setter Cortni Rentzel reached a career milestone on Tuesday night as she eclipsed the 3,000-career assist plateau with 33 assists in the match. She also contributed ten digs and a block assist for York. All-CAC libero Ashley Rineman was outstanding on her birthday as the junior had a match-high 23 digs for York.

The Spartans hit .062 for the match including a -.031 in the fourth game.  Salisbury hit .154 for the match including .333 for the decisive fourth set.

York returns to action on Friday afternoon when they travel to the Dickinson College Tournament. York faces Lycoming College at 4:00 pm followed by a match up with Michigan-Dearborn at 6:00 pm.

Photo: Melissa Patterson (2) and Cortni Rentzel (8) record a block against Salisbury. Photo by Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)