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Spartans Open Home Slate with Split

YORK, PA – The York College volleyball squad opened their 2011 home slate with a split of a tri-meet on Saturday in York. The Spartans downed Elizabethtown 25-20, 25-18, and 26-16 before falling to Westminster in the nightcap, 24-26, 25-21, 25-9, 21-25, and 15-10. Westminster defeated Elizabethtown in five in the middle match on Saturday. York and Westminser are now both 2-1 overall while Elizabethtown is 0-2.

In the opener, the Spartans got off to a strong start and kept on going in route to the straight set win. Senior Julie Coombs paced a balanced Spartan attack with 10 kills and nine digs for a team-leading 11 points. Freshman Katie Huston added nine kills as she hit a blistering .538 for the match. She also had a block assist and a service ace as she had 10.5 points in the contest. Senior setter Cortni Rentzel handed out 30 assists while she also had five service aces for the Spartans. Junior Melissa Patterson had five kills with no errors while fellow junior Ashley Rineman led the Spartan defense with 19 digs.

The Spartans got off to another good start in game one against Westminster. The Spartans would go on to pull out a two-point win, taking the early edge. York sprinted out to a 14-6 lead in game two but then the Titans got things rolling. Westminster outscored York 36-16 over the next game and a half as they seized a 2-1 lead heading to the fourth game. York forced a fifth game but the Titans overcame an early deficit in the game to earn the five-point fifth set win.

Huston and sophomore Jessica Moyer led the Spartan offense with 10 kills each. Rineman was outstanding defensively as the junior had 24 digs while Coombs was the other Spartan in double figures with 13. Rentzel notched 31 assists, five kills, nine digs and two block assists. Coombs also had nine kills while Patterson contributed seven to the Spartan offense.

Rebecca Riemer led the Titans with 18 kills while Tara Ott added 16. Megan Romocean was the third Titan in double figures in kills with 11. Setter Jessie Szakacs handed out 53 assists while she also had 12 digs. Libero Tamber Schaef led the Westminster defense with 17 digs.

York returns to action on Tuesday night as they host Salisbury in the conference opener for both squads. The match is slated for a 7:00 pm start at Wolf Gymnasium.

Heather Bucher photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)

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