Spartans Fall to McDaniel at Home

YORK, PA – The McDaniel College Green Terror exacted a little bit of revenge in Thursday's non-conference contest in York as McDaniel earned a 3-1 win. The Spartans were 3-1 victors earlier in the season at McDaniel on September 4.

The match scores were 25-20, 24-26, 25-20, and 25-17.

The Spartans fall to 14-10 overall while the Green Terror improve to 13-5.

In the opening set, the two squads went back and forth with nether team holding more than a two-point lead until the Green Terror pushed out to a 12-9 advantage. York battled back to take a 15-14 lead. McDaniel hit the Spartans with a quick 4-0 spurt to push out to an 18-15 lead. York drew back to within one at 19-18 but the Green Terror would score six of the final seven points of the set to take the 1-0 lead.

The second set was highly entertaining as the teams took turns going back and forth on the scoreboard. Much like the first set, neither team could pull away early as the largest lead over the first 22 points of the game was just two. McDaniel took a 13-10 lead and eventually pushed the lead to four at 16-12. The Spartans fashioned a quick 4-0 run to tie the set at 16. It was the seventh tie of the set and that was a harbinger of things to come. The two teams went back and forth over the final 18 points of the match. There were six more ties before the Spartans captured the final two points of the set, tying the match at one game each.

The third game was almost carbon copy of the first. After a tight opening portion of the set, the Green Terror pushed out to a 15-10 lead. The Spartans battled back to get within one at 15-14 but the Green Terror went on a 10-6 run to capture the 25-20 set win.  

The fourth set was not nearly as close as the Green Terror raced out to a six point margin at 9-3. York closed the gap to three at 15-12 but the Green Terror ripped off a five-point run and York would not get closer than six points the rest of the way.

McDaniel was led by Kloe Martin as she registered a match-high 11 kills while she also had 11 digs. Colette Kellen handed out 19 assists, recorded 12 digs, and also had four kills for McDaniel. Genna Weger paced McDaniel's defensive effort with 19 digs. Lexi Corral had seven block assists for the Green Terror as McDaniel had two solo blocks and 20 block assists.

Katie Huston (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron), Alison Dorsey (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach), and Igeoma Igwe (Windsor Mill, Md./Seton Keough) were the Spartans offensive leaders with eight kills each. Amanda Mackey (Whiteford, Md./North Harford) and Brittany Hicks (Dover, Pa./York Catholic) each contributed seven kills for York. Junior Kristin Martinak (Hanover, Pa./South Western) dished out a career-high 38 assists while she also had three aces and six digs. Katherine Graziano (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led York's defense with 19 digs.

The Spartans hit .012 for the match while McDaniel hit .147 in the win.

The Green and White are now off until October 17 when they host St. Mary's College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time in York is set for 7:00 pm.

Brittany Hicks photo courtesy of David Sinclair