FROSTBURG, MD -
Second-seeded Penn State Behrend swept No. 3 Pitt-Bradford, 3-0, in the first semifinal match of the AMCC Volleyball Tournament Friday night at Frostburg State. The defending champion Lions now advance to Saturday's title contest at 1:00 against either Frostburg State or Penn State Altoona.
The Lions (16-16) battled the Panthers (11-16) through three close matches, winning 30-26, 30-26 and 30-28.
In the opener, the teams fought point-for-point before Bradford scored four straight points to take a 17-11 lead. Behrend answered, using a 6-1 run to pull even at 21. Deadlocked at 23, the Lions scored six of the next eight points before notching the game-winner.
In game two, Penn State Behrend fell behind, 3-0, but went on a 10-1 spurt to open a 14-6 lead. The Lions stretched their advantage to 17-10 before Bradford rallied with a 9-1 run to close to move ahead, 20-19.
However, the lead was short-lived, as Behrend outscored Bradford, 6-3, to go back in front by three and then created breathing room with four straight points to build a 29-23 bulge. The Panthers looked to come back with a 3-0 run, but the Lions again closed out the match to take a two-game lead.
As they did in the second game, Penn State Behrend jumped out to an early lead in the third contest before Pitt-Bradford rallied. The Lions built leads of 6-1 and 13-7, but the Panthers hung tough, eventually pulling even at 15 behind an 8-1 run.
The teams were tied four more times before Behrend took a 25-23 edge. The Lions notched two key points for a 27-23 advantage and held off a late Panther rally for the 30-28 win to complete the sweep.
Pitt-Bradford freshman Missy Wahlberg posted a team-high 17 kills and added six digs and two blocks, while junior Amanda Gressley had nine kills and 14 digs. Senior Ashley Bennett recorded 32 assists.
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