PSC Volleyball falls just short at Region XX

LA PLATTA, MD — Potomac State battled through five sets with Hagerstown during the Region XX finals, but the Hawks eventually wore down the Catamounts to win the region title and advance to the National Tournament with a 3-2 win Sunday at the College of Southern Maryland.

First, the Cats needed to get through hosting Southern Maryland in the semifinals, which they easily did. PSC swept the hosting Hawks 25-21, 25-17 and 25-14, and were led by Taylor Douthitt with 17 points and seven aces. Taylor Oates aded a double-double by scoring 10 points to go with 21 assists and seven digs.

Shayla Barltes had eight kills, eight points and three aces, while Samantha Deter had 18 digs and Katie Bush had 14 kills.

Against Hagerstown in the finals, Potomac started with a 25-19 win, but lost the second game 25-23. The Cats took a 2-1 lead after winning 25-18, but the Hawks won 25-16 and 15-8 to capture the region title.

Bush added to her first game total with 27 kills and seven digs, and Amber Wesley added 20 kills and eight points. Bartles contributed 17 digs, 14 points and five aces, and Douthitt had 10 digs and nine points. Oates came through with 23 assists and 13 digs, and Deter had 21 digs.

Wesley was named to the first team of the All-Region XX team, while Deter, Bush and Oates all earned second team nods.

Both Bartles and Bush earned their way on to the All-Region XX  Tournament team.

“I’m very proud of the way the girls played, not only this weekend, but all season,” said PSC head coach Martha Ganoe.

“We are a very young team that accomplished a lot and have a lot to look forward to next season. It was a disappointing way to end the season, but this season was the opposite of disappointment.

It is the first time a Potomac State team has played for the Region XX title. The Cats made it as far as the semifinals last year, and finish this season 25-3.