Volleyball Finishes Strong against Catholic

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College volleyball team trailed in all four sets against Catholic University, but a superb defensive effort combined with heady offensive play helped the Bullets finish off the Cardinals in a non-conference match Wednesday night inside Bream Gym.
 
Gettysburg (5-0) remained unbeaten on the season despite dropping the opening set against Catholic (4-1) 25-23. The Bullets bounced back to win the next three sets 25-23, 25-20, and 25-15.
 
Freshman Allie Stranick (Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy) logged 17 kills and 20 digs, while sophomore Kasey Higgins (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) tied her personal best with 16 kills for the second-straight match.
 
Five players put up double-figure digs, including a career-high 24 by senior Maddie Weikert (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg). Sophomore Melissa Tringali (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) also set a personal high with 17 digs, while senior Katherine Gilbert (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) picked up 13 digs.
 
Senior setter Stephanie Blair (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) dished out 43 assists, put up 18 digs, and served up three aces.
 
The Bullets fell behind 4-0 in the first set, but rebounded to take a 23-20 lead following an attack error by the visitors. Catholic regrouped after a timeout and ran off the next five points to win.
 
The hosts reversed the trend in the second set and led early on, but this time it was the Cardinals turn for a comeback. After senior Lauren Godshalk (West Chester, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) put the Bullets ahead 20-18 with a kill, Catholic stole in front with five of the next six points. Gettysburg called timeout and the pause helped reset the team. A hitting error by the visitors was followed by kills by Blair and Stranick to regain the advantage for the hosts. Gilbert sealed the win with a dig that found an opening on the other side of the net for the final point.
 
The stories for sets three and four were similar. The Bullets fell behind by as many as seven points in the former and six points in the latter. In both cases, Gettysburg mounted furious comebacks to erase the deficits. Stranick keyed the effort offensively with six kills in the third set, while Weikert recorded 10 of the team's 30 digs in the final frame.
 
Gettysburg heads to the Rowan Tournament this Friday and Saturday. The Bullets open with Widener University at 6 p.m. and Keystone College at 8 p.m. on the opening day. Saturday sees the team face Dickinson College and the hosts at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.