YORK, PA – The York College volleyball team did something it had not done in seven years. The Spartans failed to advance to the championship round of their own York College Volleyball Invitational in York on Saturday. The Spartans dropped a 3-1 decision to Rowan and a 3-0 setback to Cortland as they finished sixth in the eight-team tournament.
York falls to 5-19 overall while Cortland is 20-2 and Rowan is 12-6. The Spartans went 1-3 in their tournament which is against the trend of the previous six seasons. York entered the tournament with a mark of 21-3 in the previous six tournaments at Charles Wolf Gymnasium.
In the opening match, the Profs earned a 20-25, 25-19, 25-17, and 26-24 win. The Spartans began the match with a strong opening set as they jumped out to an early 17-6 lead. The Profs slowly cut into the lead, eventually drawing to within three at 23-20. However, York scored the final two points of the set to earn the win.
In game two, the Profs fell behind 1-0 but scored three of the next four points and they wouldn't trail again in the set. York tied the set at 15 but Rowan answered with back-to-back points. The Spartans could never get over the hump as they dropped the six-point decision. That was a bad sign for York because they have yet to win a match that goes beyond three sets as they are 0-6 in four set decisions and 0-4 in five set matches.
The Spartans allowed the Profs to come out and set the tone in game three. Rowan again trailed 1-0 to start the set but York would not lead again in the set. The Profs built the lead to as many as 11 before settling for the eight-point set win.
The Green and White came out in the fourth set a determined bunch as they sprinted out to a 12-4 lead. The Profs were unfazed as they went on a 12-3 run to take a 16-15 lead. The game bounced back and forth for the next 12 points before the Spartans put back-to-back points together to take the 23-21 lead. The Profs answered with two straight points to tie the set at 23. The game would be tied again at 24 and Rowan would close out the win with two points to end the match.
Senior Dani Mastroieni (Chalfont, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) was outstanding for York as the outside hitter had 15 kills to pace the Spartan offense. Sophomore Katie Huston (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and freshman Emma Geisser (Derwood, Md./Magruder) each contributed 10 kills for the Spartan offense. Freshman setter Allie Donahue (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) handed out 33 assists while she also had 15 digs, four service aces, and two kills for York. Senior Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) led the defense with 26 digs.
Morgan Mende led the Profs with 14 kills and a ridiculous .684 attack percentage. Katie Havlicek added 10 kills and 11 digs for Rowan. Nicole Ciandella contributed 28 assists, 12 digs, and two service aces.
In the loss to Cortland, the Red Dragons won the match by scores of 25-14, 25-15, and 25-15.
In the opening set, the Spartans trailed early but came back to take a 9-8 lead courtesy of a 5-0 spurt. The Red Dragons quickly answered with an 8-0 run of their own as they took a 16-9 lead. The Spartans would not get any closer than six the rest of the way.
The second and third sets were similar in that the Red Dragons came out and asserted control early and cruised from there. Cortland never trailed in the second set and only trailed by one point at 6-5 in the third set before retaking the lead rolling to the victory.
Mastroieni again led York with eight kills and nine digs. Donahue racked up 16 assists, ten digs, and three kills for YCP. Rineman had a team-high 12 digs. The Spartans hit in the negative for the match as they had 21 kills and 24 errors in 97 attempts for a -.031 attack percentage, a season low for York. It is also just the second time this season they have hit negative for a match.
Ashley Coyle led the Red Dragons with 12 kills and 16 digs while Kristen Guercio had 32 assists and nine digs.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday night when they close out a season-high five game home stand when York hosts Marymount in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm in York.