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Volleyball Splits a Pair of Five Set Decisions at Muhlenberg

ALLENTOWN, PA – The York College volleyball squad split a pair of five-setters on Saturday at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. The Spartans defeated the Gettysburg College Bullets 3-2 in the opener before falling to the host Mules in the nightcap.

The Spartans are now 7-24 overall while Gettysburg is 15-11 and Muhlenberg is 16-10.

In the opener, York trailed two games to none as the Bullets captured game one 26-24 and game two 25-12. The Spartans bounced back to earn the win by the scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 15-13.

Senior Dani Mastorieni (Chalfont, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) led the Spartans with 11 kills while she also had eight digs. Senior Melissa Patterson (Edgewater, Md./South River), sophomore Katie Huston (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and freshman Alison Dorsey (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach) each contributed eight kills for the Spartan offense. Dorsey hit a blistering .438 in the win as she had just one error in her 16 attempts.

Freshman Allie Donahue (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) handed out 42 assists while she also had 18 digs, five kills,  and four service aces as she continues her strong first-year play. Senior Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) led York's defensive charge with a match-high 29 digs.

In the loss to the Mules, Muhlenberg earned the win by scores of 25-23, 26-24, 23-25, 21-25, and 15-11.

Patterson was impressive as she had a career-high 15 kills while she also hit .382 for the match. Huston contributed 11 kills and seven digs while Mastroieni was the third Spartan in double figures in kills with 10 in addition to 15 digs.

Donahue had 43 assists, 17 digs, nine kills, and two service aces. Rineman had a team-high 21 digs while freshman Cassie Miller (Odenton, Md./Arundel) was also in double figures in digs with 11 of her own.

The Spartans conclude their home campaign on Tuesday night when they host the University of Mary Washington in the teams' Capital Athletic Conference finale. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm at Charles Wolf Gymnasium.

Melissa Patterson photo courtesy of David Sinclari (www.davidsinclair.org)

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