St. Mary's Claims MSU Classic Title
Montclair, N.J. – Junior middle blocker Gena Hlavinka (Gaithersburg, Md./T.S. Wootton) totaled 23 kills in two victories to lead the St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team to the championship title at the Montclair State University Classic Saturday afternoon.
St. Mary's (4-2) finished in a three-way for first with SUNY Cortland (8-2) and Pennsylvania State University-Altoona (6-5) as all three teams posted a 3-1 record at the tournament. St. Mary's was declared the tournament champion with a 10-4 record in sets played, followed by Cortland at 10-5 and Altoona at 9-5.
First-year libero Bianca Livioco (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) was rewarded for her strong, consistent defensive play at libero with a selection to the all-tournament team. Livioco finished with 34 digs in four matches.
The Seahawks swept host Montclair State (0-9), 25-12, 25-22, 25-18 before needing four sets to get past Lycoming (4-4), 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-10.
Hlavinka started the afternoon with a dozen kills and three block assists against the host school before adding 11 and three more block assists against Lycoming. Hlavinka finished the day with a .432 hitting percentage, making only seven errors in 37 attempts.
Sophomore outside hitter Jenn Rindone (Crofton, Md./Spalding) put forth a stellar effort against Montclair St. with team-highs of 12 digs and three service aces while adding eight kills.
Senior captain Katie Obal (Olney, Md./Sherwood) picked up 31 assists and a team-high 12 digs while chipping in three kills and three block assists versus Lycoming. Junior outside hitter Shannon Fitzpatrick (Germantown, Md./St. John's College [D.C.]) played well against the Warriors, too, adding nine kills, seven digs and two total blocks.
The Seahawks open up the home- and Capital Athletic Conference-season at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletic & Recreation Center Arena this Tuesday, September 14 with their conference rival and three-time defending CAC champion, Salisbury University.