The Western Maryland College women's volleyball team will try to reclaim the Middle Atlantic Conference's Southwest section title tonight when it travels to Gettysburg College.
The Green Terrors are 32-4 overall and 4-0 in the section, and Gettysburg is 28-7 overall, 3-0 in section play.
After winning the title in 1990, the Green Terrors lost to Gettysburg, 3-1, in the section match last season. Eleven days before, the Green Terrors defeated Gettysburg, 2-1, in the semifinals of the WMC Tournament.
This year's winner will play host to a an MAC playoffs quarterfinal match next week.
Sophomore Denise Spangler is the Green Terrors' offensive leader with 203 kills, an average of 5.6 a match.
The Green Terrors (5-2 overall, 4-1 in the Centennial Football Conference) will try to regroup after last week's 41-27 CFC loss to Franklin & Marshall with a non-conference home game with Lebanon Valley Saturday.
Western Maryland gave up 511 yards of total offense last week against F & M -- most coming through the air -- in losing its first conference game of the season.
In their two losses, the Green Terrors have given up 89 points and 1,010 yards.
Lebanon Valley (4-3) likes to throw, which could present problems for the inconsistent Western Maryland pass defense.
Kirk Seesholtz has thrown for 1,186 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games for Lebanon Valley. His two main targets are Eric Stouch (40 catches, 559 yards and six touchdowns) and Bob Schwenk (28 catches, 463 yards and five touchdowns).
Stouch is averaging 79 yards receiving, seven more than the team's average on the ground. Schwenk was the big-play man in last year's 15-13 win over Western Maryland, returning the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and catching a 98-yard touchdown pass.
Junior tailback Rob Johnson accounted for 20 of the Green Terrors' 27 points against F & M.
Johnson tied Eric Frees' 1991 school record of 15 rushing touchdowns.
The Green Terrors definitely will be checking the out-of-town scoreboard Saturday when Dickinson (3-1-1 in the CFC) travels to Johns Hopkins (3-1).
A Hopkins win would give it them a share of the conference lead with Western Maryland. The two teams meet in the season finale Nov. 14 at Hopkins.
Western Maryland ended its season 6-7-1 with a 4-1 loss to Washington Saturday.
Senior Jodi Livingston scored the goal, giving her 11 goals and three assists on the year. She finished her career with 26 goals, tied for third on the school's all-time list.
If freshman Julie Cox (Liberty) has three more years like the one just completed, look for her name to stay in the Western Maryland record books for some time.
Cox finished with a single-season school-record 18 goals and added five assists, as the Green Terrors went 6-8 -- the most wins in a season against varsity competition.