MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Volleyball team saw their North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship run came to an end Saturday afternoon as they fell in a five-set thriller 3-2 against six-time defending NEAC Tournament Champions, Gallaudet University.
Morrisville notched the first blow, defeating the Bison 25-22 in the first set. Megyan Merrill's (Millport, N.Y.) five kill performance along with three kills each by Emilee Niejadlik (Hamburg, N.Y.) and Elicia Crittenden (Louisville, Ky.) propelled the win.
After dropping the second set 18-25, the Mustangs rallied back in the third set, picking up four-kill performances from Niejadlik and Helena Hanes (St. Mary's, Pa.) to gain the two sets to one advantage with the 25-17 win.
Morrisville had the opportunity to close the match out in the fourth set, but Gallaudet exploded on offense. The Bison picked up thirteen combined kills from Darriyan Thomas and Adele Daniels. Gallaudet and Morrisville pushed points back and forth, but it was the Bison who came away with the 26-24 win to force a fifth set.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, their offense hit a drought in the fifth set, only mustering five kills compared to Gallaudet's, ten. Morrisville would ultimately drop the deciding set 11-15 allowing the Bison to move on to the NEAC Tournament Final.
The Mustangs will now wait to see if their season will continue as they are in consideration for a bid into the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament. That announcement will be made within the next few days.
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.