Four named to All-Conference Volleyball Teams  

Four named to All-Conference Volleyball Teams  

 

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2018 Women's Volleyball All-Conference teams, as voted by conference coaches, naming four from Morrisville State to its first and second teams, respectively.

Junior duo Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.) and Sam Wolf (Liverpool, N.Y.) headline first team selections for the Mustangs, while fellow teammates Amelia Baratier (Liverpool, N.Y.) and Kirsten Florio (Wellsboro, Pa.) earned the nod with second team accolades.

"To say that I am blessed by this team and these amazing players is an understatement for sure," said head coach Fred Wallace.

"All four of our All-NEAC players have put together an impressive season, Amelia, Kirsten, Megyan and Sam are all great players and even better people, and I am proud their part of our Mustang Family.  To have four players make All-NEAC is a great and very humbling honor." 

Merrill appeared in 26 matches for the Mustangs, playing a total 89 sets, while leading the way with a total 343 kills, an average of 3.85 per set as Morrisville State posted a league leading 1313 kills on the year, an average of 13.13 (another league leading stat), while ranking first overall in hitting percentage, assists and ranking second in digs.

Merrill completed the season with an overall hitting percentage of .295 at the net, while adding 45 aces in the service game, and 271 digs in the defensive game.

Within conference play, the junior collected 117 kills, an average of 3.34 per set, for a .373 hitting percentage, while collecting 20 service aces and 105 total digs as Morrisville State posted a set win total of 33 with just 2 set losses.

She is a two-time NEAC Player of the Week selection this season, and is a first team All-Conference selection a year ago, and was a 2017 AVCA Division III Northeast Region Honorable Mention selection.

Wolf started all 29 contests for the Mustangs as libero, and in 98 sets played collected a league leading 561 digs, averaging 5.72 digs per set (a third of the Mustangs total average), as Morrisville State averaged a total 15.59 on the season per set, ranking second overall in in digs, and third in digs per set.

Wolf started off the year with a single game high 48 digs in a 3-1 win over Penn St. Behrend, before adding a match high 23 against Penn St. Berks. The libero, whose specialty is in the defensive game, also contributed to the Mustangs offensive attack, collecting 26 total kills and adding 105 assists, an average of 1.07 per set.

On the season she served up 44 aces, second only behind fellow teammate Megyan Merrill.

Wolf, a second team All-Conference selection a year ago, earned 2017 AVCA Division III Northeast Region Honorable Mention honors and was a two-time NEAC Defensive Player of the Week selection this season.

Baratier, outside hitter and right side specialist, contributed her offensive ability to the Mustangs success ranking second on the team in total kills, while collecting a 29 match total of 268 to average 2.73 to date on the season per set.

The junior collected a .187 hitting percentage on the season, adding 23 assists and a total 267 digs combined with 18 total blocks to the Mustangs defensive game.

Morrisville State posted a league leading 1313 kills on the year, an average of 13.13 (another league leading stat), while ranking first overall in hitting percentage, assists and ranking second in digs. Baratier ranks fourth overall in the NEAC in kills, and is seventh in kills per set.

She also ranks eighth overall in points collected (301) and in points per set (3.1).

Baratier recorded a single match high 16 kills in a 3-2 match win over non-league opponent Rowan University, posting a high 14 against Gallaudet and SUNY Poly.

Florio started all 29 matches for the Mustangs at middle hitter, playing a total of 97 sets, as she rattled off a total 217 kills, an average of 2.24 per set, while boasting a league leading .349 hitting percentage.

The sophomore was a threat at the net as she contributed in both the Mustangs success offensive and defensive success on the season as they posted a 23-6 overall record and the program's first undefeated NEAC season and regular season title at 11-0.

She added eight assists to the offensive game, but played a critical role in play at the net, posting a team best 84 total blocks, 21 solo, to average .87 blocks per set. Her block totals see her ranking third overall in play at the net, second overall in blocks per set.

Florio posted a single match 13 kills against non-league Skidmore, where she hit .500, and a single game best 8 blocks against Rowan in the 3-2 match win.

Within conference play, she registered a single game high 11 kills against Wells, and six blocks against Keuka, also adding five in the match win over Gallaudet. Florio currently ranks 56th in D3 in hitting percentage and 121 in total blocks, 113th in blocks per set.

Morrisville State captured the regular season NEAC title behind the stellar play of the Mustang squad with an 11-0 undefeated conference slate, and earned the right to host the tournament as the top seed.

"Our Mustang Family has for the last three years continued to march forward to put Morrisville State Volleyball on the map," he continued.

"ALL of the team members contribute and give so much to this programs success.  I am so proud of the work this team has put forth, every-day they show up to improve and become a better team and more importantly a stronger family!"

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.

 

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