YORK, PA – The York College volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon in a tri-match in York. The Spartans lost a tough 3-1 decision to Capital Athletic Conference front-runner Marymount University in the opener and then fell to Muhlenberg 3-1 in the nightcap.
The Saints, who are now 23-5 overall and 5-0 in the CAC, earned the win by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, and 25-23. Against Muhlenberg, the Spartans fell 25-20, 25-21, 24-26, and 25-23. Muhlenberg improves to 22-3 overall. York now sits at 9-18 and 2-3 in the CAC.
In the opening set against Marymount, the teams went back and forth with neither squad being able to get a lead any bigger than three points. There were seven ties in the set with the final tie coming at 17-all. The Spartans scored the next three points before the Saints called timeout. Marymount scored the next two points but York responded by recording five of the next seven points of the match to take the four-point set one win.
In set two, the Spartans got off to a great start as they led 13-7 for their biggest advantage of the set. The Saints went on a 7-3 spurt, trimming York's lead to two at 16-14. York responded by pushing the lead back to five only to see the Saint draw to within one at 19-18.
The Green and White maintained the lead and built it to three on a Katie Huston (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) kill as the Spartans looked poised to take a 2-0 lead. The Saints came storming back as they blitzed the Spartans with five straight points to steal the game win and tie the match at one.
The set two loss visibly deflated the Spartans as they Saints used a steady attack to slowly build a lead to 16-10. The Green and White trimmed the lead to 17-13 but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way as Marymount cruised to a 25-17 set three win.
The fourth set saw the Spartans jump out to a quick 6-1 lead only to see the Saints tie the set at 10. Marymount pushed out to a five-point lead and continued to pull away from the Spartans. The Spartans trailed 22-16 when York head coach Sue DuMars used a timeout. That timeout spurred the Spartans to a six point run, tying the set at 22. The Saints responded by notching the next two points before the Spartans made it 24-23. Marymount won the match on a Spartan attack error, ending the valiant Spartan comeback attempt.
Huston led the Spartans with 12 kills and a .357 attack percentage. Huston also had a service ace and a pair of block assists in the match. Senior Jackie Schwarm (Lanham, Md./Homeschooled) was outstanding as she recorded 10 kills, one off her career-high. Schwarm added nine digs, five solo blocks, a pair of assists and a service ace.
Senior Kristin Martinak (Hanover, Pa./South Western) dished out 38 assists in addition to three kills, nine digs, and a pair of block assists. Junior Katherine Graziano (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) recorded a team-high 25 digs in the match. Emma Geisser (Derwood, Md./Magruder) contributed 13 digs and seven kills for the Green and White.
In the match with Muhlenberg, the Spartans battled throughout the match as they gave the very talented Mules a good test.
Huston led the Green and White in the match as she registered 10 kills with a .286 attack percentage. Huston also had a solo block, a pair of block assists, and a service ace. Schwarm contributed eight kills, seven digs, two solo blocks and three service aces.
Martinak had 35 assists, five digs, seven kills, and a service ace while Graziano posted a match-high 24 digs. Geisser chipped in with 10 digs and seven kills.
The Spartans travel to Frostburg State University for a CAC match on Wednesday night. The match is slated for a 7:00 pm start.