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Volleyball Sweeps La Roche in Regular-Season Finale to Earn Berth in AMCC Tournament

FROSTBURG, MD — Freshman April Caprarola (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) posted 11 kills and 14 digs to lead Frostburg State to an impressive 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-19) sweep of visiting La Roche College Monday night at Bobcat Arena, giving the Bobcats the fourth and final berth in this weekend's Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament.

The Bobcats, who improved to 13-17 overall and 6-6 in the AMCC, will face top-seed and tourney host Penn State Altoona in the semifinals on Friday at 8:00 p.m. Second-seeded Penn State Behrend and No. 3 Pitt-Bradford meet in the other semifinal at 6:00 p.m., with the championship match set for Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

"Maybe we're coming off age," said first-year head coach Jeff Billington of his squad that features 11 newcomers out of the 12 players on the team. "We're learning that our play on the court dictates the fun we have on the court. When it came down to having the season on the line, we showed we have some character. This gives us a lot of confidence going into the tournament."

The Bobcats and Redhawks, who entered the night with identical records in league play, traded the first eight points to begin the match before FSU went on an 8-1 run to open a 13-5 edge.

The Redhawks came out of a timeout and promptly countered with an 11-3 spurt to tie the game at 16, but FSU notched five of the next seven points and took a 24-21 advantage.

Three straight winners by La Roche again notted the game, but the Bobcats scored six of the next nine points to take the 30-27 win.

The Bobcats, who dropped a narrow 3-2 match at La Roche earlier this season, carried the momentum over to game two, racing out to a 7-0 lead thanks to six service winners by freshman Carrie Ness (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key).

FSU opened an 11-5 advantage, but the Redhawks rallied behind a 7-3 spurt to make it a 14-12 game. Freshman Jen Vance (Mt. Savage, Md./Fort Hill) then came off the bench to spark a 7-3 Bobcat run with three kills, and Frostburg State pulled away down the stretch to won, 30-22, and build a 2-0 lead.

Game three again featured back-and-forth action to open the stanza, before the Bobcats used a 10-1 run to build a seemingly comfortable 13-5 advantage.

However, the Redhawks would not go quietly, eventually tying the contest at 15, 16 and 17-all. The game was later knotted at 24 before a 4-1 spurt propelled FSU to a 30-27 win to clinch the match.

Freshman Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline) added nine kills, four digs and three service aces, while Ness recorded 29 assists. Freshman Sam Seyfferth (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) finished with 13 digs.

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