York College Spoils Falcons' Opener With A Clean Sweep
Grantham, PA — Volleyball season has arrived in Grantham once again, but a warm welcome for the Falcons it did not bring.
Messiah dropped their season opener to York College on Thursday night, the third straight year the Spartans have spoiled the Falcons opener. Messiah dropped three straight games to York, 25-20, 25-15, and 25-18. The straight defeat for Messiah was unexpected by dedicated followers of the team, as hopes are high after last year’s 19-11 finish and trip to the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Championship.
“I was surprised by our play tonight,” said Messiah head coach Judi Tobias, in her 16th year leading the team. “It’s not what I expected from this team. We’re much better than we demonstrated here tonight, and we look forward to moving on and showing what we can do.”
York College was led by the strong play of senior Heather Bucher, junior Melissa Patterson, and freshman Katie Huston, all of which collected seven kills. Senior Cortni Rentzel, who led the Spartans with 1,234 assists last year, handed out 27 assists on the night. York moves to 1-0 as they look forward to hosting Elizabethtown College and Westminster College this Saturday, Sept. 3.
Messiah was led by the seven kills of junior outside hitter Lauren Rees. Sophomore setter Jessica Geib, last year’s Commonwealth Conference Rookie of the Year, contributed 11 assists.
The Falcons will look to regroup quickly as they look toward their first double-header of the season on Saturday, Sept. 3. The team will take on Marymount University in a 12:00 p.m. contest before facing Lynchburg College at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Marymount University. The team will look for big improvements from this evening’s loss.
“It’s early,” noted Tobias. “It’s up to us to not let tonight dictate our season.”