Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Frostburg Athletics

FROSTBURG, Md. - With Bobcat Arena filled with fans and energy, the Frostburg State University volleyball team delivered a 3-0 straight-set victory over Pitt-Bradford in the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Regional, Friday night.

The Bobcats (33-3), hosting their first-ever NCAA Regional, ended the nation's longest winning streak as the Panthers (24-4) had won 22-straight entering the tounament.

The victory is the first in the NCAA Tournament for FSU since it downed Salisbury 3-1 at the Gettysburg Regional back in 2004. This is the Bobcats' ninth overall trip to the NCAA Tournament in the 17 years of the program's existence.

FSU hit .278 against UPB, including .378 in the second game, as it posted 25-22, 25-14 and 25-18 wins for its 24th shutout of the season.

Senior Jamie Thomas (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) led the offensive attack with a .321 hitting percentage and 11 kills. She recorded seven digs, three assists and one solo block.

Senior Sarah Stephens (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) posted a game-high 14 kills and registered eight digs while Brittany McVearry (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) had a team-high 14 digs.

After the close first set, the Bobcats opened a six-point lead early in the second (10-4) and later held a 19-10 edge. Four-straight kills for the Bobcats closed out the game for a 25-14 win. The third game didn't get any better for Pitt-Bradford as FSU opened up a 17-7 lead behind an 8-0 run. The Panthers narrowed the gap to six late in the match, but Thomas' final kill of the evening handed the Bobcats the win.

Junior Amber Winterling (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) finished with nine kills and six digs while her sister Sabrina Winterling (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) had eight kills, three digs and three solo blocks. Junior Kylie Carrington (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) handed out 39 assists.

Second seeded Frostburg State will face third seeded SUNY Cortland tomorrow evening in the semifinals at 6:00 pm.