MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Women's Volleyball team picked up a non-conference win on Tuesday night, defeating the Soaring Eagles from Elmira College 3-0 by set scores of 25-21, 25-22, and 25-20.
The Mustangs continued to distribute the ball well in a match that saw seven different players record kills, led by Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.) with 12. However, it was the defensive play at the net for the Mustangs that made the difference in the match as the visitors out-blocked Elmira 5-0. Middles, Kirsten Florio (Wellsboro, Pa.) and Lindsey Sunderlage (Kingston, Ill.) combined for five total blocks. K. Florio added two solo blocks, while Sunderlage put down one.
Offensively, both teams managed nearly the same amount of the attacks, but it was Morrisville's efficiency that also contributed to their victory over the Soaring Eagles. The Mustangs hit .265 compared to just .101 by Elmira. Kim Dunkleman (Williamsville, N.Y.) recorded 18 assists. Helena Hanes (Brockport, Pa.) picked up 14, while also contributing defensively with two block assists.
The Mustangs will now turn their attention to a big North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) weekend as they host pre-season favorite, Gallaudet in the first game of a tri-match on Friday evening. Last year the Mustangs lost their regular season battle with the Bison 3-0, before falling again to the eventual NEAC Champion 3-2 in the semi-final round.
After the match-up with Gallaudet, Morrisville will take on the Knights from SUNY Geneseo at 8 PM for a non-conference tilt. The tri-match will be held at Morrisville-Eaton High School.
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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.