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Volleyball Drops Conference Opener to Penn State Altoona

FROSTBURG, Md. — Penn State Altoona rallied from two games down to defeat Frostburg State 3-2 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opener for both squads Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena.

The Bobcats won the first two games by 30-27 and 30-28 scores, but the Lions came back with 30-24, 35-33 and 17-15 victories to snap FSU’s 35-match AMCC regular-season winning streak dating back to the 2001 season.

Penn State Altoona won its fourth straight match to improve to 10-5 overall, while Frostburg State suffered its seventh loss in eight matches and fell to 6-14.

FSU’s last loss to an AMCC opponent during regular-season play came in a 3-1 setback to Penn State Behrend October 20, 2001.

Looking to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Lions in a non-conference match in the Moravian Tournament earlier this month, the Bobcats came out strong, taking the first two games.

In the opener, the Bobcats split the first four points with the Lions before ripping off five straight winners behind two kills from junior Amanda Frantz (Friendsville, Md./Northern Garrett (Garrett College)).

Penn State Altoona quickly responded with a 4-0 run to pull to within 7-6, but junior Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) led FSU to six straight points and a 13-6 advantage.

The Bobcats later opened a seemingly comfortable 20-11 cushion before Penn State Altoona clawed its way back to force a 26-26 deadlock. Senior Carly McDonald (Owings, Md./Northern) sealed the victory by hammering four kills as FSU pulled out the 30-27 win.

Game two followed a similar pattern, with FSU jumping out to the lead and watching Penn State Altoona rally before coming away with another tight victory.

FSU trailed 5-4 in the early going but used an 8-2 run to open an 11-6 advantage. The Lions pulled to within 17-16 before freshman Caryn Wright (Pikesville, Md./Western Tech) posted a kill and a block to help give the hosts a 20-16 lead.

Penn State Altoona scored six of the next nine points to again close its gap to one, 23-22, and a 4-1 Lion spurt eventually created another 26-26 tie. The game was tied again at 27 and 28 before FSU tallied the final two points, with the clincher coming off a kill by Frantz.

In game three, FSU fell behind 7-3 and closed to within 8-6 before PSA used an 8-2 spurt to take a 14-8 advantage. Later trailing 25-16, the Bobcats closed their gap to four, 26-22, but the Lions closed out the contest with four of the final six points to complete the 30-24 win.

Game four was a back-and-forth battle featuring 17 ties. PSA snapped a 25-25 deadlock with three straight winners and was poised to take the victory with a 29-28 edge before FSU tallied three winners in a row for a 30-29 lead.

The Lions tied it at 30, fought off match point at 31-30 and failed on two game points before scoring the final two points to even the match at two games apiece.

The fifth and final game was yet another close fight. FSU overcame an early 7-4 deficit to forge a 9-9 tie, PSA then went in front 12-10 and FSU countered with three straight winners to move back ahead 13-12.

The Lions came out of a timeout and notched back-to-back points to take a 14-13 lead, and FSU fought off two match points following a timeout of its own before PSA tallied the final two points to complete the comeback victory.

Frantz led FSU with 27 kills, while Hernandez had a career-high 58 assists. Senior Kristie Butt (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) and McDonald had 13 and 12 digs, respectively.

Frostburg State will look to rebound Thursday night when it hosts Marymount 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