Tournament key test for volleyball team Western Maryland notes

September 30, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

It's test time for the Western Maryland College volleyball team this weekend when it travels to the ASICS Invitational at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.

The 20-team field includes four squads ranked in the Division III Top 15 this week. Host Juniata is ranked second; Thomas More fourth; Ithaca ninth, and Rochester Institute of Technology 10th.

Four groups of five teams will compete in a pool-play, round-robin format beginning tomorrow afternoon. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the championship bracket, while the third- and fourth-place finishers in each will compete in the consolation bracket.

The Green Terrors, coming off a 3-1 loss Tuesday at home against Centennial Conference foe Franklin & Marshall, will compete in a pool against Thomas More, Ithaca, Baldwin-Wallace and Messiah.

That's some serious competition considering Thomas More and Ithaca are both ranked and Baldwin-Wallace last year qualified for the NCAA tournament.

Denise Spangler and Laura Everhart lead the Green Terrors, who dropped to 11-5 with Tuesday's loss.

Spangler is fifth in the Centennial Conference in hitting with 100 kills for a .305 hitting percentage. Everhart is second in the conference in setting, with a 7.7 average.

Host Juniata is the defending tournament champ and again the team to beat. Last Friday, it knocked off top-ranked and two-time defending Division III champ Washington University of St. Louis to end Washington's NCAA-record 59-match win streak.

Western Maryland will open with Ithaca at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Next is Thomas More at 3:30 p.m. before finishing the day with Messiah at 7:45 p.m. The Green Terrors will close out pool play at 11:30 a.m. Saturday against Baldwin-Wallace. Playoffs will start at 2:15 p.m. with the finals for championship and consolation rounds set for 7 p.m.


The Green Terrors yielded a whopping 507 yards of total offense in Saturday's 42-33 loss to Ursinus. The majority of those yards (403) came from a solid ground game led by Ursinus senior Bill Sedgwick, who had 306 yards and three touchdowns.

Western Maryland, 0-2 in the Centennial Conference, will go after its first conference win Saturday at Muhlenberg.

It won't have to worry about any Sedgwick-caliber running backs in the Muhlenberg backfield. The Mules (1-2 overall, 1-1 in the conference) ended a nine-game winless streak Saturday with a 9-7 win over Franklin & Marshall.

The Mules are averaging 206 yards passing. Senior quarterback Sean McCullough has thrown for 618 yards, with one touchdown and eight interceptions. Junior wide receiver Rob Lokerson is McCullough's favorite target, catching 20 balls and averaging 16.6 yards a catch.

In last year's game, running back Rob Johnson rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Terrors shut out Muhlenberg, 39-0.

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You can't blame the Green Terrors' defense on the team's 1-4 start.

The Green Terrors' last two losses were 1-0 setbacks to Johns Hopkins and Susquehanna.

Goalie Sherry Albright is fourth overall in the Centennial Conference in goals allowed, averaging 1.19 goals against per game.

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