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Volleyball Downs Salisbury in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament

GETTYSBURG, PA – Senior Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline) had 19 kills and 12 digs, senior Jodi Carpenter (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) had 17 kills and sophomore Kelly May (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) added 15 kills to lead No. 4 Frostburg State to a 3-1 win over No. 5 Salisbury in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Tournament Thursday afternoon at Gettysburg College’s Bream Gymnasium.

The Bobcats (30-5) advance to the Mid-Atlantic Region semifinals tomorrow where they will face top-seeded and nationally top-ranked Juniata (32-3) at 4:30 pm. This is the second straight season the teams will meet for a berth in the region final.

The teams are no strangers to each other, having met twice during the regular season. The Eagles claimed both matches, winning 3-0 at home and 3-1 at the Salisbury Invitational.

The opening game was a back-and-forth battle in the early stages, with the Bobcats and Sea Gulls trading points to a 7-7 tie. Salisbury took a 9-8 edge before Frostburg State went on an 8-1 run to open a 16-10 advantage.

The teams then exchanged points before Salisbury used a 5-1 stretch to close to within 18-16, but Frostburg State countered with a 6-1 run behind two Carpenter kills to build a 25-18 cushion.

The Sea Gulls cut their deficit to 25-20 before the Bobcats posted five of the last six points to seal the 30-21 victory.

Game two began as another tight battle that saw Salisbury holding a 9-8 edge before ripping off nine of the next 10 points to open an 18-9 lead.

The Bobcats answered with a big run of their own, using a 7-1 spurt to close to within 20-16, and another 7-1 run pushed FSU in front 25-23.

Salisbury, which ended its season at 25-12, held tough and tallied the next two points to tie the game at 25, and the teams were then deadlocked 10 more times in an exciting finish. The Sea Gulls fought off six straight FSU game points and eventually took a 35-34 lead before the Bobcats pulled even at 35. However, Salisbury tallied the final two points to complete the hard-fought 37-35 win.

The Sea Gulls looked to ride the momentum in game three and opened a 6-3 advantage, but the Bobcats quickly took control with a 9-1 run. Salisbury trailed 18-12 but came out of timeout and ripped off six of the next eight points to close to within 20-18.

Frostburg State showed its poise and countered with a 7-0 spurt to open a 27-18 cushion en route to the crucial 30-21 victory.

Salisbury, one of only three teams to push Frostburg State to five games this season, looked to turn the trick again with a game-four win and jumped out to an early 6-1 advantage.

The Bobcats countered with five straight points to tie the game, and three more deadlocks ensued before FSU used a 7-3 run to take a 19-15 lead.

Salisbury got as close as three points six times, the last at 28-25, but a Petrick kill and a McDonald block sealed the match sending the Bobcats into the second round.

Sophomore Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) handed out 52 assists, while junior Carly McDonald (Owings, Md./Northern) and senior Sam Seyyferth (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) added 21 and 15 digs respectively.

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