— Top-seeded Frostburg State and No. 3 Penn State Behrend advance to the AMCC Championship match tomorrow at 1 pm. The Bobcats defeated No. 4 Pitt-Bradford 3-0 while Penn State Behrend up-ended No. 2 Penn State Altoona 3-2.
FSU opened up a commanding 9-1 lead in game one behind the serving of junior Tara Emerick (Hyndman, Pa./Hyndman (Allegany College)) who scored six straight points. The Bobcats extended their lead to 18-8 and 24-11 before senior Jodi Carpenter (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) served the final six points to complete the 30-11 victory.
In game two, sophomore Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) recorded six straight service points to help the Bobcats open a 10-3 lead. The Panthers cut their deficit to 14-7 but Hernandez went back to the service line and recorded five more points to push the lead to 19-8.
Pitt-Bradford used a 5-1 run to make it 20-12 before Emerick served six straight points to give FSU a commanding 27-12 cushion. The Panthers made a late charge recording four more points before eventually losing 30-16.
Frostburg State put on a dominating performance in the third game taking an early advantage 9-2 and never looking back. Junior Kristie Butt (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) served four points to give the Bobcats a 14-4 cushion when the Panthers called timeout. UPB then scored one point after the timeout before Carpenter stepped to the service line and rattled off 14 straight service points to put the game away as FSU won 30-6.
Seniors Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline) and Carpenter dominated up front as they combined for 20 kills nine solo blocks. Junior Carly McDonald (Owings, Md./Northern) added 12 digs and seven kills, while senior Sam Seyfferth (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) recorded eight digs. Hernandez finished with 21 assists and 12 digs.
The Bobcats improve to 28-5 overall while Pitt-Bradford finishes the season at 10-14.
In the second semifinal match, Penn State Behrend defeated Penn State Altoona in five games, 3-2.
In game one, both teams battled back and forth with Penn State Behrend taking the games largest lead at 26-21. Penn State Altoona would then battled back to tie the score at 29-29, before going on to win 33-31.
Game two started out much like game one with each team trading points until Penn State Behrend took an early lead at 13-10. They would take their largest lead 27-20 before closing out the game 30-23, tying the match.
Penn State Behrend carried that momentum into game three building an early 13-7 lead. Penn State Altoona would close the gap to 17-16 before Penn State Behrend used eight service points by Elaine Voltz and Amanda Evans to capture the victory 30-20.
Penn State Altoona grabbed the early 8-3 lead and never looked back as they won 30-25.
In the fifth and final game, Penn State Altoona appeared to have the early momentum scoring the games first five points. They would push the lead to 7-2 before Penn State Behrend battled back taking the lead 10-9. The game was tied 13-13 when Penn State Behrend scored the final two points to win the game at match 15-13.
Penn State Behrend was led by Voltz with 26 kills and eight total blocks follwed by Lisa Wagner with 24 kills. Ashley Ordy gathered 36 digs with Voltz, Wagner, and Amanda Evans each adding 23 digs. Evans passed out a semifinal high 60 assists.
Sara Kylor paced Penn State Altoona’s attack with 19 kills while Erin Monn added 12 kills and five total blocks. Megan Goss recorded 32 digs and Erin Shields dished out 28 assists and 14 digs.
Penn State Behrend improves to 17-14 overall and Penn State Altoona falls to 16-9.
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303