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Spartans Win Fourth Straight as They Blank Immaculata

Cheyenne Altland photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Cheyenne Altland photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – The York College Spartan volleyball squad picked up their fourth straight win as they blanked Immaculata University in straight sets on Tuesday night in York. The Spartans improve to 7-4 overall heading into their conference opener at Christopher Newport on Saturday.


Match #11

Records: York 7-4, Immaculata 2-5

Scores: York def. Immaculata 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-8)  

Kills: York 35, IU 11

Errors: York 13, IU 20

Attack Percentage: York .310, IU -.129

Assists: York 33, IU 11

Service Aces: York 14, IU 0

Digs: York 33, IU 20

Blocks: YCP 10.0, IU 1.0


Spartan Leaders

Cheyenne Altland: 7 kills, .667 attack % (7-1-9), 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist

Madyson Whitcomb: 6 kills, .556 attack % (6-1-9), 1 block solo, 3 block assists

Eryn Brady: 4 kills, .375 attack % (4-1-8), 2 block assists

Gabby Emeigh: 12 assists, 3 digs

Emily Pupo: 15 digs, 5 service aces, 2 assists

Tyler Williams: 5 kills, .250 attack %, 4 digs, 2 block assists

Heather Secrist: 4 service aces, 2 digs


Mighty Mac Leaders

Olivia Zdradzinski: 3 kills, 4 digs, 1 solo block

Sara Desmond: 4 digs, 2 assists, 1 kill

Madi Curley: 9 assists, 1 kill, 3 digs


How It Happened:

• York and Immaculata were in a tight matchup early on in the opening set, keeping the game within three points. A big kill by Madyson Whitcomb gave the Spartans the momentum they needed as they ended the set on a 14-2 run to win 25-11

• York kept the hot streak going as they pulled out to an early 5-2 lead in this set. The MightyMacs were able to trim the deficit to four points, but a costly service error pushed the Spartan lead to 11-6. This then sprung a tremendous run for the Spartans, as they scored the next six points; highlighted by three consecutive services aces to give York a 17-6 advantage. The Spartans lead by at least 9 points the remainder of the set and cruised to once again, a 25-11 victory.

• In the third set, York got off to a bit of a slow start and actually allowed the MightyMacs to earn their first lead of the match falling down 2-1 early. That lead would not last long as Tyler Williams sent a strike to the Immaculata defense that could not be corralled giving the Spartans a lead they would never again surrender. The MightyMacs did their best to fight back and went on a small run to cut the deficit to six, now trailing 12-6, but a huge 13-2 run fueled by  Kierstin Grove's defensive efforts closed out the third and final set in this one to give the Spartans a definitive 25-8 victory and the match.



The Spartans have won four straight, their longest win streak of the year … The Spartans have hit over .286 in each of their last three matches … York hit .294 against Messiah, .343 against New Rochelle and .286 against Immaculata … The Spartans have 29 service aces in their last three matches … freshman Alexandra Daley had a career-high seven assists in the win … sophomore Emily Pupo banged out a career-high five service aces in the wins while she also had 10 digs as she started at libero in place of an injured Alexis Harbold … the Spartans are hitting a conference best .216 as a team … the Spartans are also leading the CAC in kills per set at 12.41 kills per game while they also lead in points per set at 16.1 ... The eight points scored by Immaculata in the third set was the least amount of points the Spartans have allowed in a game this season ... the match marks the fifth time this season the Spartans eclipsed double figures in block assists as they had 14 in the win.


Up Next:

York returns to action on Saturday when they head to nationally ranked Christopher Newport to take on the Captains in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both squads. The match is slated for a 12:00 pm start in the Freeman Center.   

Athletic Practicum Student Nick Foltz contributed to this report