September 6, 2014

Grove City rebounds with two victories

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After dropping a pair of matches Friday night at the Marcia French Memorial Invitational, hosted by Case Western Reserve at the Veale Center, the Grove City College volleyball rebounded Saturday to earn a pair of five-set victories.

The Wolverines opened play with a 25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 12-25, 15-12 victory over Muskingum. Grove City (4-4) then pulled out a 17-25, 25-18, 24-26, 29-27, 15-11 decision over Capital in Saturday's second match.

Senior Dalaney Algiere (Grasonville, Md./Kent Island) and junior Natalija Galens (Covert, Mich./Grace Christian) each recorded 13 kills in the Muskingum match and junior Stephanie Althausen (Asheville, N.C./Asheville Christian) added 10 kills. Junior setter Amy Trageser (Marriottsville, Md./Chapelgate Christian) distributed a season-high 46 assists.

Algiere, who earned All-Tournament recognition, collected eight blocks and Althausen added four blocks to help lead the Grove City defense. Senior libero Frances Trenta (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) chalked up 26 digs and Galens had 21. Trageser contributed 20 digs while freshman Jamie Robatisin (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) tallied 15 digs.

Robatisin posted a team-leading 19 kills to pace Grove City against Capital. Galens (12) and Althausen (11) also had double-digit kill efforts. Trageser had 44 assists and served a career-high seven aces.

Galens led the defense with 25 digs while Trenta added 22 digs. Althausen contributed 15 digs. Freshman Ariella Carter (Avon, Ohio/Hearts for Jesus Christ) posted a career-high four blocks and Algiere had three blocks.

The Wolverines had not played Capital or Muskingum since 2008. It is the first time since October 5, 1999 that Grove City has won consecutive matches by a 3-2 score.

Grove City will open its home schedule Wednesday night with a tri-match against Chatham and La Roche at 6:30. The Chatham match is Grove City's Presidents' Athletic Conference opener.

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