NEAC names three from Morrisville State to 2016 Volleyball All-Conference Teams

NEAC names three from Morrisville State to 2016 Volleyball All-Conference Teams

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office announced today its 2016 Women's Volleyball All-Conference Teams, naming three from Morrisville State to its first and second team.

Sophomore setter Helena Hanes (St. Mary's, Pa.) earned first team honors, while teammates Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.) and Samantha Wolf (Liverpool, N.Y.) each got the nod for second team.

Hanes was a triple threat for the Mustangs on the court, finishing the season with 216 kills (2.0 per set), 423 assists (3.97 per set), 28 service aces, 200 digs, and 41 total blocks.

The sophomore completed her second season ranking second overall in the NEAC in hitting percentage (.262), 12th in assists (423), 13th overall in blocks (41), 8th in assisted blocks (37) and 11th in points (266.5).

Hanes posted a single game high 19 digs and 45 assists in a 3-2 match win over Wells to lead Morrisville State to their first appearance in the NEAC Tournament, a third seed. In 23 games this season she posted 10 or more assists, five times reaching digits in the 20's.

Selected the NEAC Offensive Player of the Week September 7, Hanes currently ranks 8th overall in all of Division III in triple doubles (3).

Merrill became a strong outside hitter from the Mustangs as the season progressed, finishing the season as Morrisville State's leading hitter.

Across 29 matches, the freshman posted 267 kills, 16 assists, 37 service aces, 235 digs, 18 blocks, and accounted for 315.5 points.

Merrill posted single game high 23 kills and 19 digs in the 3-2 win over Wells College, and in 14 matches recorded 10+ kills.

She currently ranks 7th overall in the conference in kills (267), is 5th in kills per set (2.72), 10th in total attempts, 3rd in hitting percentage (.244), and in 8th in points and points per set.

Wolf had a monster of a freshman season for the Mustangs from her libero position. In 29 matches, she compiled a team high 508 digs, an average of 4.50 per set, while contributing offensively with 81 assists and 47 service aces.

Wolf tops the conference ranks in digs, with 508, and is first in digs per set, while ranking 11th in service aces (47). She posted single match highs of 35 digs against ME-Fort Kent, and in conference 24 against Wells. In 23 matches this season she had 10 or more defensive stops, and 13 times on the year had registered 20+ digs per match.

Wolf was named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Week twice, and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week twice. She currently ranks 51st in all of Division III in digs.

Morrisville State will make their first appearance in the NEAC Championship Tournament Friday after wrapping up the regular season with a 20-9 overall record and 11-2 conference stint.

Morrisville State will meet sixth seed Lancaster Bible at 5 p.m. on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic. The winner will advance to the semifinal round on Saturday, also on the campus of SUNY Poly.

Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.

 

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