YORK, PA - The York College volleyball team saw their 2012 home schedule come to an end as the University of Mary Washington Eagles downed the Spartans 3-1 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night in York.
The Eagles improve to 9-12 overall and 4-2 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 7-25 overall and 1-5 in the league.
The game scores were 25-19, 20-25, 25-12, and 25-13.
In the opening set, the Eagles jumped out to an early 6-1 lead. York battled back as they finally tied the set at 16. The Eagles recaptured the lead and didn't let it go the rest of the game. The Spartans were within one at 20-19 but the Eagles scored the final five points of the game to secure the set one win.
In game two, the two squads went back and forth with neither team holding a lead larger than two until the Spartans went on a 4-0 run to take a 17-13 advantage. The Spartan lead grew to as many as eight before they settled for the five point set win.
The Eagles roared out the gate in the third set as they opened the game scoring 19 of the first 22 points of the set. The Spartans cut their deficit to nine twice but the damage was done as York fell behind 2-1.
The fourth set was a little better for York. After Mary Washington took an early lead, the Spartans tied the set at nine. The Eagles then hit York with a 14-0 run to turn a close set into a blowout.
The Spartans were paced by senior Melissa Patterson (Edgewater, Md./South River) as she had six kills, a solo block and three block assists. Freshman setter Allie Donahue (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) handed out 20 assists, had five kills, six digs, one service ace and a pair of blocks. Senior Ashley Rineman (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) led the Spartans' defensive charge with a team-high 20 digs in her final appearance at Wolf Gymnasium.
Kayla Crawford powered Mary Washington with 11 kills while Ellen Smethurst chipped in with 10 kills of her own. Maggie Parrish handed out 22 assists while Kaitlyn Wickersham tied Rineman with 20 digs.
Rineman, Patterson and fellow senior Dani Mastroieni (Chalfont, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) were honored prior to the game as they were making their final appearance in York. The trio combined to post 68 wins over their four years with at least three games remaining on the 2012 slate.
The Spartans conclude their regular season on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Penn State Altoona to face the Lions and Pitt-Bradford in a non-conference tri-match. The Spartans face the Lions at 3:00 pm followed by the Pitt-Bradford match at 5:00 pm.