MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Women's Volleyball team used big offensive performances from Helena Hanes (Brockport, Pa.) and Amelia Baratier (Liverpool, N.Y.) to propel them to a 3-0 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory on the road over SUNY Poly on Tuesday night.
Despite scoring first, the Mustangs found themselves down 4-1 early in the first set to the host Wildcats. Morrisville received control of the serve after a setting error by SUNY Poly and rattled off 10 unanswered points behind the strong serving of Sam Wolf (Liverpool, N.Y.) to build a 12-4 lead.
The Wildcats called a timeout, but two more strings of aggressive serving and offensive production from Hanes and Baratier gave the Mustangs the 25-12 first set win.
The cross-town rivals traded points early on in the second set, but a big kill by Lindsay Sunderlage (Kingston, Ill.) and two-straight aces by Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.) provided enough momentum for the Mustangs to begin to pull away. However, the Wildcats would not go down quietly, forcing the Mustangs into long rallies. Despite the pressure, the Morrisville defense stood firm, turning many long rallies into Mustang points to secure the 25-17 second set win.
Morrisville turned things around early in the third set, taking aggressive swings and forcing SUNY Poly into unforced errors. But once again, the Wildcats pushed back, twice going on four point runs in the middle of the set. However, each time Poly gained momentum, a Mustang stepped up to stop the run. Hanes found an opening for a tip to break the first run, while Merrill ripped a kill to stop the second. Morrisville would eventually wrap up the set and the match with a 25-20 third set win.
For the match, Hanes finished with 13 kills and 13 assists, while Baratier finished with 12 kills. Defensively, Wolf notched 27 digs.
The Mustangs continue their NEAC slate on Thursday night at home with a 7 PM match against the Wolves from Keuka College. Due to continued gymnasium renovations on campus, the 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.