Volleyball: Late rally lifts Potomac State to tri-match split


KEYSER, W.V. — One point away from defeat, Potomac State scored 10 unanswered points in the fifth game to rally from a 14-6 defict to beat Butler 16-14 to earn a 3-2 win over the Pioneers as the Catamounts split a tri-match Saturday at Dana G. Lough Gymnasium.

After edging Butler in five games, the Cats had the tables turned on them and lost in five to Northern Virginia. Now 14-8, PSC will play Saturday against Montgomery.

The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead by winning 25-22, but Potomac State tied the score with a 25-15 win. Butler won 25-22 as momentum swung its way, but the Cats tied it back by winning 25-20. Trailing 14-6 in the fifth game, PSC, led by Kyleigh Stottlemyer’s 10 points and one ace, ran off 10 straight points to win 16-14.

“That fifth game was pretty amazing,” PSC coach Martha Ganoe said. “That doesn’t happen often, coming back like that. All it takes is one mistake and the game is over, so it really tells how hard the girls fought that they were able to concentrate and come back like that.”

Stottlemyer had a total of 16 points, 16 digs, and four blocks against Butler. Morgan Mongold added 29 digs, 24 kills, nine points and two aces, and Stephanie Cornachia had 12 kills to go with 10 points and eight blocks. Shakayla tossed in 48 assists, 18 digs, eight points and two aces, with Erin Amoruso adding 24 digs, 11 points and eight kills.

In the later match against NOVA, Potomac State opened with a 25-20 win before losing 25-20 in the second game. After going ahead 2-1 with a 25-22 win, Northern Virginia finished with wins of 25-19 and 15-6.

Ganoe came up with 47 assists, 13 digs and seven points, and Mongold had a double-double of 18 digs and 14 kills. Cornachia finished with 12 kills and three blocks, Amoruso had 18 digs and seven kills and Katie Tasker had four kills with a block.