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Volleyball Runs AMCC Winning Streak to 47 Matches With 3-2 Win Over Pitt-Bradford in League Opener

Frostburg, Md. ... Freshman Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline) recorded a team-high 14 kills and fellow freshman Carrie Ness (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) added 25 assists to lead Frostburg State to an exciting 3-2 win (30-25, 30-27, 24-30, 28-30, 15-8) over Pitt-Bradford, running the Bobcats' winning streak in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference matches to 47 Monday afternoon at Bobcat Arena.

The win was the first career victory for head coach Jeff Billington, a 1984 graduate of Frostburg State.

The Bobcats fell to Elizabethtown, 3-1 (24-30, 18-30, 30-24, 23-30), in their second match of the day and dropped to 1-2 on the season.

In their opening match, the Bobcats battled through a hard-fought first game with Pitt-Bradford, as neither squad was able to build more than a two-point lead.

The Bobcats rallied from a 22-20 deficit by scoring four straight and nine of the next 11 points to record the win.

The Panthers (1-1) opened an 8-6 edge in game two before FSU ran off five consecutive winners for an 11-8 lead. After trading four-point spurts, the Panthers later pulled to within 21-20, and the game was tied four times in the closing moments before the Bobcats put it away for a 2-0 lead.

Pitt-Bradford wouldn't go quietly, however, rallying for narrow victories in the next two games. The Panthers broke free of an 8-8 tie in game three by taking 10 of the next 11 points, and the Bobcats could get no closer than four the rest of the way.

In the fourth game, FSU built a 12-7 lead before the Panthers slowly crept back. The Bobcats fended off several Pitt-Bradford scoring flurries and held a 27-22 edge, but the visitors ripped off seven consecutive points for a 29-27 advantage. FSU scored the next point before the Panthers sealed the two-point win.

The Bobcats regrouped in the deciding game and notched seven straight points to build an 11-3 lead. Pitt-Bradford closed to within 13-8, but FSU scored the final two points following a timeout to claim the match.

In their second match of the afternoon, the Bobcats fell to Elizabethtown, 3-1 (24-30, 18-30, 30-24, 23-30).

FSU built early leads in the first two games before the Blue Jays put together several scoring runs to build a 2-0 advantage.

Elizabethtown rallied from a 20-16 deficit in game three to take a 22-20 lead, but FSU again showed its character by scoring 10 of the final 12 points to force a fourth contest.

In the day's other match, Pitt-Bradford defeated Elizabethtown, 3-1 (25-30, 30-16, 30-23, 30-26).

Frostburg State returns to action on Saturday when it hosts another tri-match with Randolph Macon Women's College and Rowan College. The Bobcats face RMWC at 11:00 a.m. before facing Rowan at 3:00 p.m.

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