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Volleyball to Open Up Against Gettysburg in NCAA Tournament
11/13/2002

Huntingdon, PA. — Frostburg State garnered its third NCAA post-season bid in the past four years earlier this week and will open up against Gettysburg College in the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.

The fourth-seeded Bobcats (25-9) and fifth-seeded Bullets (23-13) will square off at 4:30 p.m. The schools have split their two all-time meetings, with FSU taking the last contest, 3-2 in 1999.

Frostburg State, which has won eight matches in a row, completed its fourth perfect Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular season in the past five years and defeated Penn State Behrend in the AMCC championship match to garner an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Gettysburg, which is making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, edged Franklin & Marshall, 3-2, last weekend to win the Centennial Conference title and earn the league's automatic bid.

FSU is led by AMCC Co-Player of the Year Lauren Petrick (North Caroline/Denton, Md.). The sophomore outside hitter paces the team with 409 kills, a .265 hitting percentage and 86 service aces, and she has added 246 digs. Junior Kelli Bumgarner (Calvert/Chesapeake Beach, Md.), last week's AMCC Player of the Week, is second on the team with 341 kills and 249 digs.

Sophomores Carrie Ness (Francis Scott Key/Taneytown, MD.) and Sam Seyfferth (Broadneck/Annapolis, Md.) have been solid contributors all season. Ness leads the AMCC with 1,048 assists and is second on the team with 80 service aces. Seyfferth, the libero, paces the Bobcats with 289 digs and is the motor on the court.

Gettysburg enters this match on hot streak, having won 14 of its last 16 matches, and is led by sophomores Nicole Barr, a left-handed outside hitter, and Jessica Cortese, who compliments Barr on the opposite side. The two have 431 and 424 kills, respectively, and combine to form a formidable attack. Freshman Erica Rau tops the Bullets with 61blocks and 57 service aces, Barr has added 63 blocks and 49 aces.

"Gettysburg is a perenially good team that's been to the NCAA Tournament almost every year lately," said FSU head coach Jeff Billington. "This will be a true test for us, and if we play good defense, we should be fine."

Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for children. For further information, please contact the Frostburg State Sports Information Department at 301-687-4371.

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