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Whitcomb and Pupo Earn All-CAC Honors

Photos of Madyson Whitcomb (L) and Emily Pupo (R) courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Photos of Madyson Whitcomb (L) and Emily Pupo (R) courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – The York College volleyball squad placed two players on the All-Capital Athletic Conference squads as announced by the league office on Thursday morning. Senior middle hitter Madyson Whitcomb and junior libero Emily Pupo were both named to the second team for the Spartans.

York finished fifth in the league and fell to fourth-seeded Southern Virginia in Tuesday night's CAC Quarterfinals.

Whitcomb makes her second All-CAC appearance as she was a second-team pick last fall. Whitcomb earned the honor despite missing the final nine games of the year due to a season-ending ACL injury in the 3-2 win over Southern Virginia on October 5. Whitcomb's importance to the team was demonstrated by York's 1-8 record after she went down with her injury.

Whitcomb played in 22 matches and 78 sets as she had 179 kills, a team-leading .349 attack percentage, 73 blocks and an average of 0.94 blocks per set. She led the CAC in attack percentage while she was tenth in kills per set (2.49) and second in blocks per set (0.94).

Whitcomb's name will be all over the Spartan record book. She finishes her stellar career with the school record in career attack percentage (.334) and the record for blocks per set (1.02). She is second in block assists (269), third in total blocks (363), and fourth career solo blocks (94).

Pupo came into her own as she took over the starting libero job for the Spartans this year. She finished the year with 26 matches played and 93 sets for the Green and White. She had 393 digs, 84 assists, 21 service aces, and a serve receive percentage of .929. Pupo set a new career-high with 33 digs in the August 31 win over McDaniel as she registered double figures in digs in 22 matches with six matches of 20 digs or more. Pupo heads into her senior year third in career reception percentage (.935) and fourth in service percentage at .954. She also has 548 career digs with 48 service aces.

Despite missing five matches, Pupo is fourth in the CAC in total digs (393) and fourth in digs per game (4.74).

Pupo isn't the first libero to earn All-CAC recognition as she joins former Spartans Alexis Harbold (2017 and 2018), Katie Graziano (2014), and Ashley Rineman (2012, 2011, 2010) as Spartan liberos to be recognized by the CAC over the last ten years.