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Spartans Fight Through Slow Start to Claim Decisive Win
YORK, Pa. – The York College volleyball team moves on to the championship game of the 2010 York College Spartan Volleyball Tournament after a dominating 3-0 victory over the Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden. With the win, the Spartans continue their streak with 14 wins and improve to 15-1 overall, while the Scarlet Raptors fall to 6-8.
In game one of the match, the two teams went back and forth through the first half of the set with the Spartans maintaining a slim three point advantage. The Green and White finally broke away with back-to-back hitting errors by Rutgers-Camden, which eventually led to a 9-0 Spartan run. York capped off the game one victory with a big time kill from Spartan senior Alysse Beshore.
Game two of the contest proved to be all York. After jumping out to a 10-6 lead, the Spartans continued their dominance with a 14-0 run to put the score at 23-6 in favor of the hosts. The Green and White surrendered only two points thereafter and went on to win the match 25-8.
The Spartans again jumped out to a 10-6 lead in the third set, but this time the Scarlet Raptors kept on the attack and prevented York from extending their lead. However, after back-to-back kills by 6'2" Spartan sophomore Melissa Patterson, the York squad finally broke away and extended their lead six points at 18-12. From there, the Green and White finished the set strong with a 7-4 run, capped off by a decisive match-ending kill by Spartan senior Alishia Waltermyer.
Beshore led the Spartans with a .500 attack percentage to go along with five kills and zero errors. Freshman Jessica Moyer posted a .375 attack percentage of her own, tallying a match-leading six kills and five service aces.
Brittnee Siegman led the Spartan defensive effort with seven digs while Heather Bucher, Moyer, and Ashley Rineman tallied five digs each. Setter Cortni Rentzel posted 22 assists and three digs of her own.
The Spartan volleyball squad moves to the championship game at 4:00 pm, where they face Virginia Wesleyan College for the title.
Photo: Alysse Beshore attempts a kill against Rutgers-Camden Saturday afternoon - courtesy of Scott Guise
Match story written by Derek Behrenshausen - York College Athletic Communication practicum student