NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Titan Athletics)– The Westminster College volleyball team won both of its matches in shutout fashion against Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) foes at its home tri-match Saturday. The Titans shut out both Grove City College and Saint Vincent College.
The Titans, riding on a 15-match winning streak, improved to 19-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the PAC.
Against Grove City (3-13, 3-4 PAC), the Wolverines had a 14-12 lead in the first set. Westminster, however, orchestrated a 6-1 run and led 18-15. The Titans finished the set strong, outscoring the Bearcats 7-3 for a 25-18 set one victory. The Wolverines led 5-4 in the second set, however, the Titans responded with a 5-0 run to go in front 9-5. Westminster maintained its lead and won set two 25-18. The Titans held a slight lead in the second half of the third set and were up 23-22 before scoring two-straight points, capped off with a kill by junior Reilly DeGeorge (Ashtabula, OH / Saint John), for the 25-22 set three win. Senior Delaney Saxton (Cortland, OH / Brookfield) led the Titan offense with 12 kills, followed by first-year Becky Adelman (Mogadore, OH / Waterloo) with a career-high 11 kills. Adelman added a match-high three blocks. DeGeorge and first-year Maya Steward (Los Angeles, CA / William Howard Taft) added eight and six kills, respectively. Senior Shanna Daniels (Hermitage, PA / Billy C. Ryan) dished out a team-high 17 assists, while first-year Samantha Kelly (Irwin, PA / Penn-Trafford) earned 15. Senior Rachel Moore (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) led the defense with a match-best 30 digs. DeGeorge also had double-digit digs with 12, while Kelly had nine. Steward and junior Haley Farmerie (Manor, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) each had a service ace.
Against Saint Vincent (7-10, 3-4 PAC), Westminster was up the entire second set. The Bearcats got within two points of the Titans’ lead (20-18), however, that would be the closest they would get as Westminster won 25-20. The Bearcats jumped out to a 10-4 lead in set two. The Titans responded with a 6-0 run to tie it at 10. The Titans took their first lead of the set, 14-13, after a kill by DeGeorge. The Bearcats kept battling and had a late 23-22 lead. Westminster, however, finished strong with three-straight points for a 25-23 set two victory. The Titans took a double-digit lead in the third set, 18-9, after another kill by DeGeorge. Saint Vincent mustered a 12-3 run to tie the set at 21. Westminster went back in front and sealed the match with a 25-23 set three victory following a kill by Adelman. DeGeorge (12) and Steward (10) each had double-digit kills. Adelman and sophomore Josie Toporcer (Warren, OH / Lordstown) registered six and five kills, respectively. Daniels tied a match-high with 20 assists, while Kelly had 14. Kelly also had an ace. Four Titans had double-digit digs, led by Moore with 24. Steward (14), Daniels (12), and DeGeorge (12) were the other three Titans in double-figure digs. Farmerie tallied a match-high five blocks, while Toporcer had a career-high four. Adelman and DeGeorge each had three blocks.
The Titans will next be on the court Tuesday, October 2 with a home match against Geneva College at 7 p.m.