Saturday, October 5, 2013FREDONIA, N.Y. - The Westminster College volleyball team placed second in the Blue Devil Invitational after two straight-set wins on Saturday. Westminster went 3-1, the only one loss team, in the two-day tournament and is now 18-5 overall. On Saturday, Westminster shutout Hilbert (25-20,25-14,25-16) in game one and La Roche (25-23,25-12,25-20) in the nightcap.
Titan senior Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) was named on the All-Tournament team. In four matches, Starheim had team-highs 28 kills and 11 blocks, while adding nine digs and three service aces.
Against Hilbert, junior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) led the Titan offense with nine kills, followed by Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon), Starheim, and classmate Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) with eight, seven, and six kills, respectively. Senior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) led three Titans who had double-figure digs with a match-high 18. Junior Julie Powell (Meadville, PA / Meadville) and senior Chrissy Volsko (Canfield, OH / Austintown Fitch) added 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Starheim led Westminster with four blocks. Senior Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) dished-out a team-high 25 assists.
In game two against La Roche, Powell led with a double-double that included a match-high 11 kills and 14 digs. Riemer and sophomore Megan Prybyl (Mars, PA / North Catholic) added nine and eight kills, respectively. Starheim and Freyermuth added seven kills each. Ferrando once again led the defense with a match-high 19 digs, while Prybyl contributed with 12. Palkovic had a game-high 31 assists.
Westminster will travel to Bethany on Wednesday with a starting time of 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 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.