Optimism Reigns Despite Loss In Region Semi

Optimism Reigns Despite Loss In Region Semi

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - For a second consecutive year, women's volleyball saw its season come to an end at the Arthur L. Scott Center on the campus of Northampton Community College as the top-seeded Spartans defeated the fourth-seeded Mustangs in straight sets in a Region XIX semifinal match on Saturday morning.

After managing a mere nine points in the first set, Montgomery showed remarkable resiliency in posting 15 and 18 points as they were swept by the Spartans (25-9, 25-15, 25-18).

Montgomery's three second-year players made the most of their final match as Mustangs. Outside hitter Courtney Gill registered 11 kills to go along with 13 digs and 5 service aces, while fellow outside hitter Colby Shackelford had 10 kills and 10 digs. Setter Victoria Biggins had 16 assists.

Northampton, meanwhile, went on to secure its fourth Region XIX Championship later that afternoon, downing third-seeded Bergen Community College.

Still, Head Volleyball Coach Rita Rivera and her team left the gym Saturday with heads held high following a season which included a quarterfinal win over Harrisburg Area Community College; a trip to the Region Final Four; All EPAC honors for Biggins and Gill; and All Region honors for Biggins, Gill and first-year player Anna Morgan.

"Regardless of Saturday's outcome, this was a special season with a special group of young ladies," said Rivera. "By recruiting well and adding a new influx of talent to this nucleus, hopefully we can build off this and become a contender for the region title."

Montgomery last won the Region XIX Championship in 2011. Since then the Mustangs have been unable to overtake the Spartans. Montgomery was eliminated in straight sets by Northampton in the first round of the tournament last year. This season the Mustangs played the Spartans tough at times, but were swept in both regular-season matches.

Rivera and Co. finished the season 13-7 overall; 11-4 in region play.

- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director