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Volleyball Splits in Tri-match
09/30/2006

FROSTBURG, Md. - The Frostburg State volleyball squad defeated Hilbert, 3-0, but lost to Goucher, 3-2, in a tri-match Saturday at Bobcat Arena.

In the first match, FSU (7-12, 2-0 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) swept Hilbert (2-12, 0-3 AMCC) by the scores of 30-14, 30-18 and 30-14.

The Bobcats ran away with game one early, opening leads of 12-2 and 27-12, before going on for the 30-14 victory. In game two, FSU broke a 7-7 tie with eight-straight points for a 15-7 advantage. The hosts continued the pressure, opening leads of 20-9 and 24-12 including the largest lead of the game 29-15. Hilbert added three-straight points late in the match before FSU won, 30-18.

In the third game, FSU again came out on fire, opening leads of 7-2 and 10-4. Hilbert hit back-to-back points to make the score 10-6, but FSU rebounded to score nine out of the next 12 points to take a 19-9 edge. The Bobcats would later take a 27-13 before going on to earn a 30-14 win.

Freshman Brooke Winterling (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) led the way with 12 kills followed by Chelsea Wassell (Westernport, Md./Southern Garrett) with seven and teammate Leslie Brown (Fort Washington, Md./Bishop McNamara) with six.

Sophomore libero Jennifer Wheaton (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) had 14 digs and Winterling recorded nine. Senior Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) had a solid outing with 31 assists and five aces.

Destyn Brown led the Hawks with four kills followed by Laura Stranc with three. Stranc also led the team with eight assists and Morgan Oag-Walker led Hilbert with 13 digs.

In the second match, Goucher beat Hilbert 3-0. Game scores were 30-24, 30-17 and 30-21.

Margaret Egiziaco and Megan Smith each posted double-doubles to lead the Gophers (8-10). Egiziaco had 14 kills and 21 digs while Smith recorded 14 digs and 20 digs. Caitlin Ditmore also had a double-double with 30 assists and 14 digs.

Kristy Gonciarz and Rachel Edwards powered the Hawks with six kills each while Stranc continued her fine play with 16 assists. Ashton Vertalino led the unit with 14 digs in the loss.

In the third match, FSU and Goucher battled through five games, before the Gophers came out on top, 3-2.

In game one, Frostburg State overcame a 20-15 deficit only to have Goucher regain the lead at 24-20. FSU would tie the game at 25 and surge ahead 29-25. The Gophers would again tie the game at 29, but FSU proved to be too strong, scoring back-to-back points for a 31-29 win.

Goucher broke a 16-16 tie in game two, tallying five-straight scores for a 21-16 edge. Goucher further extended its lead to 26-19 and 28-22 before claiming a 30-23 victory.

The third game was arguably the Bobcats best of the afternoon. FSU raced out to a 13-3 lead and took its largest lead of the game at 24-7. Goucher was able to string together three consecutive scores before the Bobcats went on for a 30-12 win.

The Gophers rebounded in the fourth game, taking a 12-6 lead and later an 18-7 advantage before evening the series with a 30-15 win.

In the fifth and deciding game, the teams battled to a 8-8 tie. Goucher would take its first lead of contest, scoring three-straight times for an 11-8 lead. After two late timeouts from the FSU coaching staff, the Gophers would take the win, 15-11.

Winterling had her best effort of the day with 20 kills and 11 digs. Wassell and Wright also had solid offensive outputs, recording 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Wheaton led FSU with 19 digs and Hernandez posted 40 assists.

Smith led the Gophers with a game-high 28 kills while Margaret Egiziaco had nine kills and a team-high 35 digs. Ditmore captured 10 digs to go along with 35 assists.

FSU is back in action on Tuesday, October 3 when it hosts Mt. Aloysius at 7:00 pm.

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