MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Volleyball team made history the other week, making the North Eastern Athletic Conference tournament. However, the Mustangs wanted more, picking up their first NEAC post-season victory 3-0 against Lancaster Bible College.
After trading points in the first few volleys, Morrisville went on consecutive three point runs in the first set to give themselves a cushion against the Chargers. The balanced offensive attack of Emilee Niejadlik (Hamburg, N.Y.), Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.), and Helena Hanes (St. Mary's, Pa.) propelled the Mustangs to a 25-17 first set win.
The second set started out differently than what the Mustangs had hoped for, as they found themselves in an early 0-5 hole. However, a service error by the Chargers and a kill by senior Jessica Chandler (Morrisville, N.Y.) gave Morrisville the spark they needed to get back into the game. Strong net play by the Mustangs, particularly Elycia Crittenden (Louisville, Ky.) and Lindsey Sunderlage (Kingston, Ill.), along with a 7-point serving streak by Hanes contributed to the comeback for the 25-20 second set victory.
Morrisville was forced to claw their way back again in the third set, this time from four points down early on in the set. This time, it was the hot serving hand of Amelia Baratier (Liverpool, N.Y.) who sparked the Mustangs' comeback. It was also Baratier's ace when the score was 17-13 in favor of Morrisville, that put the Chargers back on their heels and gave the Mustangs the push needed to close out the 25-21 third set win and 3-0 match win.
Merrill led the way offensively, recording 13 kills. Niejadlik added 9, while Hanes added 8. Defensively, newly crowned NEAC Defensive Player of the Year, Samantha Wolf (Liverpool, N.Y.) contributed 13 digs,
Morrisville will be back on the court tomorrow at SUNY Poly for their Semi-final match against the Bison from Gallaudet University at 2:30 PM.
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.