MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Women's Volleyball team picked up two key North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) wins on Saturday afternoon, defeating Penn State-Abington and Wilson College 3-0 in both matches.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first set against Penn State-Abington behind the strong serving of Kim Dunkleman (Williamsport, N.Y.). However, the Nittany Lions roared right back, picking up seven straight points of their own. With the score knotted at 7-7, Morrisville worked to build a cushion as they distributed their offensive attack between Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.), Helena Hanes (Brockport, Pa.), and Amelia Baratier (Liverpool, N.Y.), ultimately winning the first set 25-18.
Morrisville was forced to fight from behind in the second set. The Mustangs climbed back into the match and at the 14-14 mark, Kirsten Florio (Wellsboro, Pa.) picked up a key kill and Baratier provided an ace to put Morrisville up for good in the second set with the 25-21 win.
The Mustangs closed out the third set against the Nittany Lions in dominant fashion holding Penn State-Abington to just 9 points.
For the first match, Merrill led the way with 10 kills, followed by Hanes with eight and Baratier with seven. Dunkleman dished out 16 assists. Defensively, Christina Grippin (Berne, N.Y.) tallied 13 digs, while Merrill had 11.
Morrisville was dominant from start to finish in the first set against the Phoenix from Wilson College, receiving dominant play from their middles. K. Florio, Elycia Crittenden (Louisville, Ky.), and Lindsey Sunderlage (Kingston, Ill.) each finished the first set with at least one kill in the 25-10 win.
The second and third sets were similar to the first as Morrisville dominated again from start to finish. The second and third sets featured strong performances from Hanes and Margaret Kianka (Marcellus, N.Y.) as both finished the second match with six and five kills respectively. The Mustangs won the second set 25-11 and the third 25-8.
The Mustangs will take a break from NEAC play this week and weekend as they face off against several regional non-conference opponents. The first of such matches will take place at home on Wednesday night at 7 PM against Hartwick College. Morrisville will then travel to Wilkes University for their Friday-Saturday tournament. Friday will feature the Mustangs taking on Wilkes, Keystone and Kean before wrapping up the tournament on Saturday against Moravian.
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.