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Volleyball Loses to Villa Julie
09/12/2006

FROSTBURG, Md. - Katie Benham smashed 17 kills to lead Villa Julie past Frostburg State, 3-1, in volleyball action Tuesday evening at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats fall to 2-8 on the year while the Mustangs improve to 4-2.

In game one, the teams battled back and forth with neither squad taking more than a two-point lead until VJC surged ahead, 17-14.

The Mustangs continued the momentum, scoring six-straight points to take a 23-17 advantage. The Bobcats were able to narrow the gap to 28-24 but the visitors would take game one, 30-25.

Villa Julie rushed out of the gates in game two, opening leads of 8-3 and 10-4.

FSU battled back and tied the game at 16 and took a 20-18 lead on a kill by sophomore Caryn Wright (Pikesville, Md./Western Tech). VJC took the lead for good at 22-21 and went on for a 30-26 win.

Frostburg State rebounded in game three for a 30-16 win. Freshman Brooke Winterling (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) smashed three kills early in the match to help the Bobcats to a 6-1 lead.

Villa Julie battled back to narrow the gap to 8-7, but Wright had three kills to lead FSU to a 17-10 lead. Frostburg State continued to dominate, extending the lead to 22-13 before going on to win game.

In the fourth game, VJC jumped out to a 10-4 lead but watched as the hosts stormed back to a 13-11 advantage behind the serving of junior Sarah Nugent (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney).

The Mustangs would again take the lead at 23-19, but FSU would make another charge to tie the game at 23. After the teams were gridlocked at 26, Villa Julie scored three-straight points late in the game to earn the win.

Winterling led the charge with 23 kills and freshman Chelsea Wassell (Westernport, Md./Southern Garrett) had her best output as a Bobcat with 15 kills.

Senior Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) posted 53 assists and sophomore Jennifer Wheaton (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) had 15 digs.

The Bobcats return to the court on Friday, September 15 at the Maryland Division III State Championships on the campus of St. Mary’s College.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu