MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Volleyball team ended their historic 2016 in an opening round loss to Emerson College in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament.
After falling in the Semi-Final match of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, the Mustangs received word on Monday that they had earned a bid into the ECAC Tournament. This evening, they traveled to Emerson College, one of the host sites of the opening round. Unfortunately, the host Lions ended Morrisville's season with a 3-0 win.
Emerson forced the Mustangs into 7 reception errors in the match and rode the hot hand of Bella Edwards to secure the win.
Lindsey Sunderlage (Kingston, Ill.) led the way for the Mustangs offensively and defensively, tallying seven kills and one solo block. Kimberly Dunkleman (Williamsville, N.Y.) notched 5 kills while also picking up 15 assists.
While the Mustangs' season came to a close tonight, they have much to be proud of, including achieving the 20-win mark, a first in the program's history as an NCAA Division III program.
Helena Hanes (St. Mary's, Pa.) and Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.) both put down over 200 kills, with Merrill ending her season four kills shy of the 300 mark. Elycia Crittenden (Louisville, Ky.), Emilee Niejadlik (Hamburg, N.Y.), Courtney LaVere (Oswego, N.Y.) and Sunderlage each ended their seasons with 100+ kills. Hanes and Dunkleman, the two setters also notched over 400 assists each.
Freshman Libero, Samantha Wolf ended her first campaign as a Mustang with 552 digs, the most in any season for the program.
Other records were tied and broken as well, including LaVere who tied the top mark for aces in the season. LaVere's 2016 performance propelled her higher in the career record books as well as she now places second all-time in aces.
The future continues to look bright for the Mustangs as they are expected to return the bulk of their roster in 2017 after losing only two seniors to graduation.
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.