YORK, PA – The York College volleyball team split a pair of non-conference matches on Saturday afternoon in Wolf Gymnasium. The Spartans fell to Southern Virginia 3-1 in the opener before bouncing back and defeating Dickinson 3-1 in the nightcap.
The Spartans are now 13-9 overall while Southern Virginia, who also beat Dickinson in the middle match of the day, is 7-3. The Red Devils fall to 5-12 with their two losses on the day.
The Green and White started off strong against Southern Virginia, besting the Knights 27-25 in a back-and-forth first set. The Knights then blew out the Spartans 25-7 in the second set and would go on the capture the match with a 25-17 win in set three and a 25-18 margin in the decisive fourth set.
York was led by freshman standout Ijeoma Igwe (Windsor Mill, Md./Seton Keough) as she banged out 13 kills in the loss. She hit a team-high .346 in the match. Junior Kristin Martinak (Hanover, Pa./South Western) handed out 22 assists while sophomore libero Katherine Graziano (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led York's defense with 19 digs.
The Spartans were hurt badly by 13 service errors in the loss while they were also aced 15 times by the Knights. Tori Tuttle led Southern Virginia with 10 kills while April Bennett registered 19 digs.
In the win over the Red Devils, the Spartans prevailed 25-18, 26-24, 25-27, and 25-22.
The Spartans were again led by Igwe as the freshman continues to be a force for the Green and White. She recorded a match-high 16 kills for the Green and White. Sophomore Alison Dorsey (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach) contributed 11 kills as she hit a blistering .409 for the match. Graziano paced the defensive effort with 25 digs.
York again struggled on serve as the Green and White made 14 service errors.
York returns to action on Thursday night when they step out of conference to host McDaniel in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.