Saturday, September 15, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team (7-3, 2-0) opened Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play on Saturday with a pair of conference 3-0 shutouts for its home opener. The Titans bested Grove City 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-15) in game one and topped Saint Vincent 3-0 (25-20, 25-9, 25-18) in the nightcap.
In game one, Grove City (5-4, 2-2) was ahead in set number one until Westminster junior Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) tied it 15-15 off a service ace. Tied 24-24, the Titans won two-straight points to win the set courtesy of kills by sophomore Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) and junior Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard). In the third set, Westminster mustered an 11-1 run that was capped off by a kill from Freyermuth. Palkovic earned the assist.
Junior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) led the Titan offense with a game-high 17 kills. Starheim was also in double digits with 10 kills. Also contributing on offense was junior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) who had seven kills. Junior setter Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) dished out a game-high 31 assists.
Senior Tara Incerpi (Carrollton, OH / Minerva) led the defense with 17 digs, followed by Palkovic and junior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) who each earned eight digs.
In game two against Saint Vincent (4-7, 0-3), the Titans had their best set of the day with a 25-9 win in set number two. In set three, after Westminster knotted up the game at 5-5 off a Riemer kill, the Titans did not lose the lead for the duration of the match.
Romocean earned her fourth double-double of the year with 11 kills and 12 digs. Freshman Megan Prybyl (Mars, PA / North Catholic) led Westminster with 13 kills, which tied a career-high. Reimer followed with 10 kills. Palkovic had game-high 39 assists. Incerpi and Ferrando had 10 and 7 digs, respectively.
The Titans will look to extend its four-game winning streak as they travel to Waynesburg on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.