September 27, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Blanks Spartans In Friday Finale

YORK, PA – The York College volleyball squad ran into a buzz saw on Friday night in the second match of their 2013 York College Spartan Invitational as Carnegie Mellon handed the Spartans a 3-0 setback in Friday's final match.

The Tartans won the match 25-18, 25-10, and 25-17. Carnegie Mellon improves to 14-3 overall while the Spartans fall to 12-5.

In the opening set, the Tartans slowly pushed out to an early lead as they built a 9-5 advantage. The Spartans tied the set at 10 and that would begin a series of back and forth points. There were four ties and five lead changes before Carnegie Mellon took the lead for good at 16-15. That started a run of five straight points as the Tartans took control of the set. The Spartans would get to within three at 20-17 but CMU would finish the game on a 5-1 run to close out the seven-point win.

The Spartans seized a very early lead in the second set but the Tartans put together a huge 15-0 run that turned a 6-6 tie into a 21-6 lead en route to the 25-10 win.

The third set was back and forth with five ties and three lead changes in the first 11 points of the match. The Tartans slowly grew their lead to 13-8. York scored the next two points but CMU put together a 5-0 run to take an 18-10 lead. York would not get closer than six points the rest of the way as they fell for the third time in their last five matches.

Senior Brittany Hicks (Dover, Pa./York Catholic) led York with a match-high 11 kills while Katie Huston (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) chipped in five kills.

Allie Donhue (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) had 20 assists, seven digs, and three service aces. Katherine Graziano (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led the York defense with nine digs.

The Spartans hit .000 for the match as they had 24 kills and 24 errors in 102 attempts. Conversely, Carnegie Mellon hit .280 with 24 kills and just three errors in 75 chances.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Moravian in day two of the tournament. The match is slated for a noon start.