Spartans Down UMW in CAC Opener, Fall to Altoona in the Nightcap

Spartans Down UMW in CAC Opener, Fall to Altoona in the Nightcap

YORK, PA – The York College volleyball squad split a pair of matches on Saturday in York. The Spartans won their Capital Athletic Conference opener, besting Mary Washington, 3-2 before falling to Penn State Altoona in the nightcap, 3-2.

The Spartans are now 8-14 overall and 1-0 in the CAC. Mary Washington is now 13-7 and 0-1 in the CAC while Altoona is 7-11.

The match scores against Mary Washington were 25-21, 21-25, 25-14, 15-25, and 15-13. Against Altoona, the Spartans fell 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 16-25, 15-12. Mary Washington swept Altoona in three, 25-18, 25-15, and 26-24, in the middle match of the afternoon.

Against Mary Washington, the opening set was tightly played with neither team being able to jump out to seize any significant advantage. The Spartans forged a four-point lead at 13-9 and maintained the lead before the Eagles trimmed their deficit to 19-18. York responded by scoring six of the next eight points of the match to take the first set.

The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead in set two and never trailed as they knotted up the match at a set apiece.  After trailing by five, the Spartans battled back to tie the set at 15 but the Eagles would score eight of the next 12 points to forge ahead and eventually win the set.

The third set saw the Spartans jump out to a 6-0 lead to start the game. The Eagles cut the York lead to two but the Spartans responded with an 11-4 run to push their lead to 20-11. The Spartans eventually settled for the 11-point set victory.

The fourth set was almost the complete opposite of the third as the Eagles jumped on York early with a 6-0 spurt. York cut the lead to four twice but that would be as close as they would get as UMW forced a decisive fifth set.

The fifth set saw York jump out to a 6-2 lead only to have the Eagles claw their way back with three straight points. The Spartan lead would not get above three the rest of the set as the teams battled in a classic fifth set. The set was tied at 13 before the Spartans captured the last two points and the match win.

The Spartans were paced by junior Charlotte Sabatano (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) as she had 14 kills and 14 digs. Sabatano also had three assists and two solo blocks. Senior Katie Huston (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) contributed 11 kills, 13 digs, two solo blocks, one service ace, and one assist for the Green and White.

Senior Kristin Martinak (Hanover, Pa./South Western) dished out 39 assists in addition to recording 14 digs, four service aces, a solo block and a kill. Junior libero Katherine Graziano (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led the Spartan defense with 22 digs while Emma Geisser (Derwood, Md./Magruder) and Kayla Gibbs (York, Pa./York Suburban) also reached double figures in digs with 13 and 10 respectively.

Dani Fiore led the Eagles with 16 kills while Rachel Hendricks added 12 kills of her own. Emma Olson handed out 28 assists in addition to collecting 16 digs.

In the nightcap, the Spartans fell behind 2-1 and stormed back with a nine point fourth set win. However, the Spartans couldn't get over the hump in the fifth game as they suffered a disappointing setback to the Lions.

Sabatano had another big match as the junior registered a match-high 19 kills. Sabatano hit .265 for the match while she also recorded 11 digs and two solo blocks.  Huston chipped in with eight kills, 15 digs, and an assist.

Martinak had 23 assists in three sets of play while she also had 15 digs. Sarah Wukitch (East Greenville, Pa./Southern Lehigh) had 18 assists, 10 digs, and four kills in her three sets of action. Graziano led the Spartans with 35 digs while Geisser added 15.

Alison Dorsey (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach) had a strong match with seven kills, three solo blocks and five digs.

Amanda Hammer led the Lions with 15 kills while Becky Britton added 12.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday night when they host Wesley in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm at Charles Wolf Gymnasium.

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