Saturday, September 14, 2013LATROBE, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team split two matches in its Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener on Saturday. The Titans lost, 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 25-15), to Thomas More in game one and shutout Saint Vincent, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-19), in the nightcap. Westminster improved to 8-2 overall and 1-1 in the PAC.
Against Thomas More (7-4, 2-1), Westminster was up 16-13 in the first set, however the Saints would go on a 6-0 run to take a 19-16 lead. Thomas More would not lose the lead for the duration of the set.
In set two, Westminster was down 20-19, however the Titans orchestrated a 5-0 run that was capped off with a kill from Julie Powell (Meadville, PA / Meadville) (assisted from senior Chrissy Volsko (Canfield, OH / Austintown Fitch)) to take the second set. Thomas More stayed in control for the next two sets to capture the win.
In the Titans' nightcap match versus Saint Vincent (7-2, 0-1), Westminster was never down in the first or second set. In set three, the Bearcats led 7-6, however the Titans went on a 3-0 lead to take the lead at 9-7 courtesy of a kill from senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and two service aces from sophomore Megan Prybyl (Mars, PA / North Catholic). Westminster stayed ahead to win the set and the match.
Four Titans had double-digit kills on the day. Riemer had a team-high 20 kills, followed by Powell (17), senior Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) (10), and Prybyl (10). Also in the two matches, Palkovic dished-out a team-high 63 assists. Senior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) led the Titan defense with 43 digs. Powell followed with 28 digs. Also scoring in double-digits in digs were Palkovic (17), Prybyl (17), and Volsko (13). Prybyl added a team-high four service aces, while Starheim led the Titans with nine blocks.
Westminster will compete at Chatham in a tri-match next Wednesday. The Titans will play Waynesburg at 6 p.m. and Chatham at 8 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.