HUNTINGDON, PA -
Frostburg State swept Rutgers-Newark, 30-20, 30-24 and 30-18, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Thursday afternoon at Juniata College.
The Bobcats (31-3), who earned their second NCAA Tournament win in school history, advance to face Juniata (36-0), ranked No. 1 in the nation, in the regional semifinals tomorrow at 7:00 pm. The Scarlet Raiders finish their season at 25-9.
Junior Lauren Petrick (North Caroline/Denton, Md.) led the way with 12 digs, 10 kills and six service aces, while junior Jodi Carpenter (Linganore/Mt. Airy, Md.) added a team-high 11 kills to go along five blocks and two service aces.
Freshman Kelly May (Fort Hill/Cumberland, Md.) posted seven kills and three blocks, while fellow freshman Amanda Hernandez (Arundel/Crofton, Md.) had a team-high 20 assists. Junior Sam Seyfferth (Broadneck/Annapolis, Md.) sparked a solid defensive effort with 15 digs.
The Bobcats, appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last five seasons, fell behind 2-0 to start the opening game before rallying to take a 10-5 lead. Carpenter sparked the comeback with two kills and then served up four straight winners in a 5-0 run.
FSU held a slight 16-11 lead but took control with six straight points. Petrick had five service winners, including back-to-back aces, in the stretch.
Rutgers-Newark (25-8), making its first-ever NCAA appearance, tried to rally late, closing to within 28-20 behind a 5-1 run. However, FSU scored the final two points to capture the opening game.
In game two, the Scarlet Knights regrouped and jumped out to an 8-3 lead, but the Bobcats stormed their way back. FSU pulled to within 11-9 before scoring seven straight to take a 16-11 advantage. Petrick served six consecutive winners, nailing three aces in the spurt.
Rutgers-Newark scored three straight to cut its deficit to 28-24, but FSU put the game away with the final two points to take a commanding two-game lead.
The Bobcats hit their stride to start game three, giving up the opening point before going on a 10-1 run. The Scarlet Knights fought back to trail 14-10, but FSU took control with a 7-1 spurt to take a 21-11 advantage. Rutgers-Newark never got closer than nine points the rest of the way as the Bobcats sealed the match with the 30-18 victory.
“I thought we were very composed and stayed focus throughout the entire match,” said Bobcat head coach Jeff Billington. “Our serve receive was fantastic, our blocking was great and everyone played solid all around.”
While taking on Juniata, the nation’s top team that has dropped just seven games in 36 matches this season, is a formidable task, Billington said his squad is up for the challenge.
“This is what our goal has been all along,” said Billington about reaching the regional semifinals. “We knew we’d have to go through Juniata at some point, and we’re going to have to earn our points. I think we can give them a tough match tomorrow.”
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303