St. Mary's Volleyball Knocks Off York (PA)
St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team figured out the mystery that was York (Pa.) College as the Seahawks halted York's school record win streak at 21 matches in an exciting match Tuesday night, posting a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-23) shutout of the Spartans.
The win puts St. Mary's (15-5, 3-1 CAC) in a two-way tie with the Spartans for second place in the Capital Athletic Conference standings. Since dropping their second match of the season on September 4, York had been on a tear winning 21 straight. However, the Seahawks keep on trucking as they extend their win streak to seven in a row.
York (22-2, 3-1 CAC) opened with three separate three-point leads – the last being a 10-7 advantage – before the Seahawks utilized a 12-1 run sparked by strong serves by senior setter Katie Obal (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and three kills by first-year Michelle Klima (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial). St. Mary's never relinquished the eight-point margin en route to its 25-17 first set triumph.
The second set was back-and-forth from start to finish as neither team was able to hold more than a two-point lead at any given point. Following a 22-22 draw, senior outside hitter Claire Kodan (Olney, Md./Sherwood) gave St. Mary's a one-point lead with her fifth kill of the set before two Spartan attacking errors clinched the 25-23 victory.
The final set was more of the same with the two squads trading points for the first 13 before the Spartans built a 12-7 advantage. St. Mary's regrouped after a timeout and clawed its way back to a 15-515 draw following a service ace by sophomore Cecilia Blanc (Laytonsville, Md./Poolesville). Set play returned to a back-and-forth flow until back-to-back kills by Klima and junior middle blocker Gena Hlavinka (Gaithersburg, Md./T.S. Wootton) sealed the 25-23 win and the match victory.
Klima and Kodan led the offensive charge for the Seahawks with 13 and 10 kills, respectively, while Kodan wrapped up her fourth double-double of the season with a team-high 21 digs. Kallis and Hlavinka combined for 11 total blocks while Klima added four block assists.
Defensively, Obal and first-year outside hitter Jenna Campbell (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) both finished with 14 digs while first-year Bianca Livioco (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) chipped in 12.
St. Mary's will return to action this Thursday night when they welcome University of Mary Washington to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for another key conference match at 7:00 pm.