2017 Season Review - Volleyball

2017 Season Review - Volleyball

Record: 19-10, 5-4 Capital Athletic Conference (5th)
Head Coach: Dan Mickle (19-10, 1 season)
Ranked opponents: No. 23 Christopher Newport (L, 3-0)

The York College volleyball team enjoyed success without a single senior on the roster, earning 19 wins and a berth in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs in head coach Dan Mickle's first season at the helm.

The Spartans opened with four wins in two days at the 15th Annual Greyhound Premiere Invitational, taking down Pitt.-Bradford, Bard, Alvernia and Moravian by a combined score of 12-3. Towards the middle of the month, though, York faced some adversity, dropping four out of six to some quality teams.

York entered the Messiah College Tri-Match at 6-4 but then ripped off 10 wins in 11 matches, including seven in a row as conference play began. The Spartans defeated the Falcons by virtue of a fifth set and then Houghton on Sept. 22, and went 3-1 at the York College Spartan Invitational, losing to just Bethany (W.V.). During its seven-match winning streak, five wins came without York losing a single set, two against CAC foes PSU-Harrisburg and St. Mary's (Md.)

Another three-match win streak, all in conference play, solidified York as a playoff team. All three wins came in five-set wins over Marymount (Va.), Salisbury and Wesley.

After losing to 23rd-ranked Christopher Newport and Mary Washington, the Spartan season ended in the first round of the CAC playoffs at Salisbury in a devastating five-set loss to the Sea Gulls.

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS

Spartans Open With Four Wins in Two Days at Moravian: To start the season, York defeated both Pitt.-Bradford and Bard in three sets on the first day of the 15th Annual Greyhound Premiere Invitational. Then on Saturday, York needed five sets to take down Alvernia before beating Moravian, the host school. In the four matches, York finished with a combined score of 12-3.

Four Consecutive Three-Set Wins Highlights Seven-Match Win Streak: Beginning with the second day of the York College Spartan Invitational at Charles Wolf Gymnasium, York strung together four straight 3-0 wins. On Sept. 23, the Spartans beat St. Vincent and Albright before taking down Dickinson four days later. To round out the streak, the Green and White traveled to PSU-Harrisburg to handle the Lions 3-0. Following those four matches, York won three more, including another 3-0 triumph, before finally losing on Oct. 13.

Two CAC Wins in 16 Hours: On consecutive days, York traveled to Salisbury and Wesley, earning a pair of five-set conference wins to clinch a spot in the CAC playoffs. The Spartans took the first two sets against Salisbury before the Sea Gulls forced a fifth set. The Green and White stood their ground, taking the fifth 15-10, snapping a 15-match losing streak to Salisbury. The following day, facing a 2-1 deficit, the Spartans battled to a 25-13 win in the fourth and an 18-16 win in the fifth to take down Wesley for the 10th straight time.

INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Harbold's School Record: Against Frostburg St., on Oct. 14, Alexis Harbold recorded 52 digs, a school record. The junior libero recorded nine more than the previous record, 43, set by Ashley Rineman on Sept. 21, 2012 against Rochester. Harbold would finish the season with 580 digs, the most in the Capital Athletic Conference, and with 5.23 digs per set, good for second.

Madyson Whitcomb Re-Writes Record Books During Sophomore Season: Three times this season Madyson Whitcomb recorded a career-high that either broke a school record or closed in on one. Against Alvernia on Sept. 2, Whitcomb finished with 10 blocks, the most in a match in school history, and eight block assists, the third-most. Two weeks later, against Messiah, she tallied 22 kills, tied for fifth-most all-time. She concluded the year in the top five in the CAC in hitting percentage (.312, 2nd) and blocks per set (1.05, 3rd).  

HONORS AND AWARDS

All-Capital Athletic Conference

Second Team: Eryn Brady, Alexis Harbold

CoSIDA Academic All-Region

Eryn Brady

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