Friday, November 8, 2013BETHANY, W. Va. - The no. 4-seeded Westminster College volleyball team lost, 3-2, to the no. 1-seeded Bethany at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament Semifinals on Friday night.
The teams alternated wins for the first four sets as Bethany won set 1 (25-21) and set three (25-14), while Westminster won set two (25-21) and set four (25-19). In the fifth and final set, Westminster pulled within three points, 11-8, after senior Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) found classmate Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) for a kill. Bethany, however, scored four-straight points to capture the 15-8 win after two kills and two Titan attack errors.
Three Titans tallied double-digit kills, led by senior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) with 16. Romocean was one dig away from a double-double as she earned nine digs, while totaling a match-high five blocks (two solo, three assists). Classmate Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and junior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) followed with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) led the Titan defense with 24 digs. Sophomore Megan Prybyl (Mars, PA / North Catholic) and Palkovic notched 13 and 11 digs, respectively. Palkovic also had a team-high 38 assists on the night.
Starheim and Prybyl chipped in with eight and six kills, respectively. Senior Chrissy Volsko (Canfield, OH / Austintown Fitch) and Freyermuth added seven and six digs, respectively.
The Titans finished the season 26-9 overall (12-6 PAC), while the Bison improved to 28-9 and advance to the PAC Finals tomorrow. Westminster's 26 wins mark the most since 2002.
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.