Thursday, October 17, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team swept two matches at home in its "Dig Pink" match on Thursday night. The Titans shutout Grove City, 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-8), in game won and blanked Franciscan, 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-16) in the nightcap.
Westminster improved to 23-6 overall and 10-4 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), marking the most wins since 2008 when the Titans went 24-11 overall and were the PAC Champions.
Game one was a complete team effort as five Titans had at least seven kills. Westminster senior Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) led with a game-high nine kills, while junior Julie Powell (Meadville, PA / Meadville) and senior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) contributed eight each. Senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and junior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) added seven kills each. Senior Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) dished-out a game-high 30 assists.
Powell led the defense with 13 digs, followed by senior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) and Palkovic with 12 each. Romocean added eight digs. Starheim and Freyermuth had a team-high three blocks each.
Titan sophomore Megan Prybyl (Mars, PA / North Catholic) led Westminster offensively in game two with a game-high 10 kills. Starheim and Powell had nine and seven kills, respectively. Palkovic earned a game-high 31 assists and also led the defense with 11 digs. Powell, Prybyl, and senior Chrissy Volsko (Canfield, OH / Austintown Fitch) added 10, nine, and eight digs, respectively.
The Titans participated in the nationwide program "Dig Pink", sponsored by Sideout, which has set a goal to raise $2 million for breast cancer research this year.
Westminster will host Thiel next Wednesday 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 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.