Saturday, October 6, 2012
FREDONIA, N.Y. - The Westminster College volleyball team won the Fredonia Tournament after it defeated Buffalo State, 3-1, in the championship match on Saturday. Titan junior Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) earned the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament, while classmate Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.
The Titans (17-7), earned their way to the finals after defeating Fredonia, 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-19), Rochester Institute of Technology, 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-18), and D'Youville, 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-14) in the two-day and eight-team tournament.
In the championship match versus Buffalo State (18-5), Westminster lost the first set 10-25, however regrouped and won set two (25-12), set three (27-25), and set four (25-12).
Starheim led the Titan offense with career-high 15 kills. Junior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) and sophomore Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) added nine kills each, while junior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) had eight kills. Junior Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) had a team-high 44 assists.
Leading the Titan defense was senior Tara Incerpi (Carrollton, OH / Minerva) with 21 digs. Also contributing on defense was Palkovic and junior Chrissy Volsko (Canfield, OH / Austintown Fitch) with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Earning blocks for the Titans were Starheim (3), Freyermuth (3), Romocean (2), and Riemer (2).
Westminster will travel to Bethany 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.