Volleyball Wins Five Set Thriller at FSU in CAC First Round

FROSTBURG, MD – The York College volleyball team opened their stay in the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament with a dramatic and exciting 3-2 victory over the defending champion Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD on Tuesday night. The Spartans, who improve to 16-16, advance to face second seed Stevenson University in the tournament semifinals on Thursday. Frostburg concludes their season with a mark of 15-20.

The Spartans won 25-27, 25-21, 28-26, 21-25, and 15-12.

In the opening set, York trailed 16-13 after a 6-0 run gave the Bobcats the lead. Frostburg maintained the lead, building the advantage to as many as four before the Spartans went on a 5-1 run to tie the set at 25. The Bobcats tallied the final two points of the set to pull out a 27-25 win.

In game two, York jumped out to a 6-2 lead. The Bobcats drew to within two before the Spartans went on a 5-0 spurt to take a 15-8 lead. The Spartans maintained their lead between five and seven before FSU went on a 5-1 to cut the York lead to three at 19-16. York answered with a 3-0 spurt to push the lead to 22-16 only to have the Bobcats answer with three straight points of their own. After trading the next two points, York scored two of the final three points of the set on Frostburg error as York knotted the match at one set each.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 14-10 lead in game three. The Spartans answered with a 6-1 run to take a 16-15 lead. The Bobcats recaptured the lead with a 6-2 run of their own to take a 21-18 lead. The Spartans dug deep and tied the set at 25. The Bobcats got a kill from Sabrina Winterling to take a 26-25 lead. The Spartans got kills from Julie Coombs and Noelle Bricker to take a 27-26 lead. The Green and White got the win on a Bobcat attack error as they seized a two games to one lead.

In game four, the Spartans took an early 4-3 lead only to see Frostburg go on a 12-6 run to take a 15-10 lead. The Green and White drew to within one at 21-20 but the Bobcats tallied four of the final five points of the match to force a decisive fifth set.

York began the fifth set like they weren't ready for their season to be over as the Green and White stormed out to a 7-0 lead. The Bobcats battled back to score eight of the next ten points, cutting the York advantage to 9-8. York scored the next two points to take an 11-8 lead. The teams then traded points back and forth until the Spartans ended the match with a 15-12 victory.

Coombs led the Spartans with 17 kills and 18 digs as she had a fantastic night. Junior Melissa Patterson added 14 kills as she six block assists. Patterson hit a team-high .265 in the match. Senior Heather Bucher added 13 kills, eight digs, an assist and a block assist in the win. Senior setter Cortni Rentzel dished out 57 assists while she also had 17 digs and two service aces. Sophomore Jessica Moyer was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 12 kills. Junior libero Ashley Rineman paced the Spartan defense with a match-high 31 digs.

Nicole Absher lead the Bobcats with 19 kills as she hit .204 for the match. Winterling added 15 kills and 21 digs while Andrea Armstrong was the third Bobcat in double figures in kills with 11. Kyle Carrington handed out 48 assists while she also had 18 digs. Maddie White registered 30 digs to pace the FSU defense.

The Spartans will head to Stevenson on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm for the semifinal contest. The winner advances to Saturday's championship match at the highest remaining seed.

Julie Coombs photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)