NEAC Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Volleyball Selections

NEAC Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Volleyball Selections

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has selected its Student-Athletes of the Week for women’s and men’s swimming & diving and men’s volleyball for the week ending January 22, 2017. This week’s swimming recipients are Emily Sugrue of SUNY Cobleskill and Chris Martinez of Gallaudet University and men’s volleyball honors go to Matt Dempsey from Medaille College and Jacob Byers from Penn State – Altoona.  This is the first week of awards for men’s volleyball for the 2017 season.

Emily Sugrue (Long Island City, N.Y.), a sophomore swimmer for the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers, earned the NEAC Women’s Swimming & Diving weekly honor for the second time this season. She won three individual events and was part of a victorious relay in a dual meet against Elms College, which ended in a 122-122 tie. Sugrue won the 50-yard backstroke in 31.18 seconds, the 100-yard freestyle in 59.41 seconds, and the 50-yard butterfly in 30.58 seconds. Cobleskill opened the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. Sugrue was part of the team that swam that event in 2:06.42.

Chris Martinez (El Paso, Texas), a freshman breaststroke and distance freestyle swimmer for the Gallaudet University Bison, earned his fourth selection of the year as NEAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Student-Athlete of the Week.  Martinez won three individual events and swam on a winning relay as Gallaudet defeated Stevenson 119-87 in a dual meet.  Martinez swam the second leg of the 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:57.79.  He overwhelmed the field in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:03.74, more than three minutes ahead of the second-place finisher.  Martinez swept the breaststroke events with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.23 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.20.

Matt Dempsey (Clarence, N.Y.), a sophomore setter for Medaille College Mavricks, is the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week. The Medaille Mavericks went 2-0 on the week with five-set victories over Fontbonne and Thiel. Dempsey had a career-high 65 assists in the win over Fontbonne and added 38 assists in the win over Thiel. He averaged 10.3 assists per set on the week, and had 23 total digs, an average of 2.3 digs per set.

Jacob Byers (Level Green, Pa.), a senior outside hitter for Penn State-Altoona Nittany Lions, is the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. Penn State-Altoona won matches against Southern Virginia and Wittenberg and fell in four sets against Mount St. Joseph. Byers totaled 27 digs on the weekend, averaging 2.25 digs per set and added four solo blocks and six assisted blocks for the Lions. Offensively, he had 46 kills (3.83 kills per set) and had six service aces. He was named to the all-tournament team at the Jim Coleman Invitational.


The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.  For more information, please visit: