Friday, August 30, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team went 2-0 as hosts of the "Volley for Violence" Westminster Tournament in its 2013 season opener. The Titans blanked PS-Behrend, 3-0, in game one and won, 3-1, over Baldwin-Wallace in game two.
Senior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) and junior Julie Powell (Meadville, PA / Meadville) highlighted the day with career-high marks in game two as Ferrando led the defense with 23 digs and Powell led the offense with 13 kills.
In game one, the Titans won 25-21, 25-19, and 25-16. Westminster started off strong with a .571 team hitting percentage (18 kills, 2 errors, and 28 total attacks) in set one. For the game, Powell led the offense with a game-high 10 kills. Seniors Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) and junior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) added eight kills each. Seniors Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) and Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) added seven and five kills, respectively.
Palkovic also dished-out a game-high 36 assists and earned a game-high 16 digs. Ferrando also earned double-digits in digs with 10. Riemer totaled a game-high five blocks, followed by Romocean and Freyermuth with four apiece.
In the nightcap, Westminster won 21-25, 25-20, 25-10, and 25-16. Romocean followed Powell with 11 kills. Palkovic orchestrated the offense with a game-high 38 assists, while earning 13 digs. Also registering double-digits digs were Powell (14) and Romocean (11).
Westminster will finish-out the two-day tournament tomorrow when it faces Oberlin (0-2) at 11 a.m. and Carnegie Mellon (2-0) at 3 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 378 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 41 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.