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Volleyball Drops Another Five-Game Marathon, This Time to Penn State Altoona

Frostburg, Md. ... Frostburg State used a 30-19 win in game four to force a fifth and deciding game, but the Bobcats couldn't complete the comeback as they fell 3-2 (22-30, 3-24, 30-32, 30-19, 10-15) to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe Penn State Altoona Thursday night at Bobcat Arena.

The teams battled through the opening half of game one before the Cougars took command with a 12-3 run to build a 23-18 advantage. Frostburg State pulled to within three, 24-21, but Penn State Altoona sealed the win by scoring six of the final eight points of the game.

In game two, the Bobcats (4-5, 1-2 AMCC) overcame an early 7-4 deficit as freshman Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline) served up three consecutive winners to put FSU ahead, 8-7. The teams then traded the lead twice before freshman Jen Vance (Mt. Savage, Md./Fort Hill) served four straight points to give the Bobcats a 20-14 edge. Penn State Altoona (6-2, 1-0) got to within three on three occasions, but FSU held on for the 30-24 win to even the match at a game apiece.

The third match featured 12 ties and exciting back-and-forth action. Frostburg State built a 14-10 lead before the Cougars rallied to forge a tie at 15. Neither team could pull away, as the lead got no higher than two points down the stretch.

The Bobcats held a pair of game points, first at 29-27 and again at 30-29, but Penn State Altoona scored the final three points to pull out the 32-30 nailbiter.

Frostburg State looked strong in game four, as Petrick's three straight service winners gave the Bobcats an early 8-4 lead. Penn State Altoona rallied for a tie at eight, but a 7-2 Bobcat run was followed by a 6-0 spurt as FSU opened a 22-13 bulge. The Bobcats closed out the critical win with a 7-2 stretch to force game five.

The Bobcats held a slim 5-3 edge early in the deciding contest before Altoona reeled off five straight and eight of the next nine. FSU closed to within three, 13-10, but the Cougars sealed the match with the final two points to take the 15-10 win.

Junior Stacy Bureau (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) led the Bobcats with 17 kills and tied freshman Sam Seyfferth (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) with a team-high 14 digs.

Petrick and Vance recorded 14 and 12 kills, respectively, while freshman Carrie Ness (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) posted 49 assists.

The Bobcats, plagued by 39 hitting errors and 16 blocking miscues, return to action in this weekend's Salisbury University Sea Gull Invitational beginning Friday afternoon.

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