FROSTBURG, Md. – The Westminster College volleyball team won the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Volleyball Championship, following a 3-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Sunday afternoon.
The ECAC Championship marked the first for the Titans as an NCAA Division III member. Westminster won the ECAC Championship as Division II members in 2001; current assistant coach Shannon Liposky was the MVP.
Tied 7-7 in the first set, Westminster pulled away with a 9-0 lead and led 16-7. Fairleigh Dickinson (27-9) got within four points of Westminster’s lead (22-18), but the Titans won the set, 25-19. The Devils were up, 16-14, in the second set. Westminster got back in front, 19-18, and outscored the Devils 6-1 for the remainder of the set for a 25-19 set two win. The Titans went up 8-3 in the third set and eventually led 19-9. Westminster sealed the set, the match, and the ECAC Championship after junior Ashley Barker (Warren, PA / Warren Area) found senior Kendell Dickson (Cochranton, PA / Cochranton) for the kill, winning 25-13.
Yoho earned a match-high 18 kills, followed by sophomore Reilly DeGeorge (Ashtabula, OH / Saint John) (6) and Saxton (5). Senior Kendell Dickson (Cochranton, PA / Cochranton) and junior Rachel Moore (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) each had a team-high 14 digs. Moore finished the season with 1,004 career digs, good enough for 18th all-time in school history. Junior Shanna Daniels (Hermitage, PA / Billy C. Ryan) earned a team-high 14 assists, while junior Ashley Barker (Warren, PA / Warren Area) totaled 12. Barker added nine digs. Yoho and DeGeorge each had a service ace. Yoho had a match-high seven blocks, while sophomore Haley Farmerie (Manor, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) had four.
The Titans end the season 30-6 overall, becoming only the third team in school history to win at least 30 matches in a single season; they are the first team to have least 30 wins since 1997.