Penn State Altoona, SUNY Poly Advance to NEAC Men's Volleyball Final Four

Penn State Altoona, SUNY Poly Advance to NEAC Men's Volleyball Final Four

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With Tuesday’s First Round matchups complete, Penn State Altoona and SUNY Poly will complete the field for the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Volleyball Final Four. The semifinal and final round of the tournament will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion and top-seeded Lancaster Bible at the Horst Athletic Center on April 14-15.

Lancaster Bible and No. 2 seed Wells College received a first-round bye in the postseason tournament. The first semifinal game will feature No. 1 Lancaster Bible versus No. 4 Penn State Altoona on Saturday at noon. The second semifinal will follow at 2:30 p.m. with No. 2 Wells College facing No. 3 SUNY Poly. The winners of the semifinal matchups will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament.

First Round

Game 1: No. 5 Medaille College 1, No. 4 Penn State Altoona 3

Boxscore

Medaille College opened the night by taking the first set, 25-22, but the defending NEAC Champion Penn State Altoona took the next three en route to a 3-1 win in Tuesday’s match. Medaille’s Steven Ebert (Center Moriches, N.Y.) led all players with 13 kills while Matt Dempsey (Clarence, N.Y.) recorded 42 assists and 10 digs in the loss. Penn State Altoona had three players hit double-digits in kills with Dan Downs (Reading, Pa.) and Ian Rathgeb (Douglassville, Pa.) racking up 11 apiece. Tommy Kisick (Latrobe, Pa.) tied a game-high with 42 assists and Brandon Arentz (Mount Wolf, Pa.) finished the night with a match-high 18 digs. Senior Justin Bannister (Willow Hill, Pa.) also provided solid defense for the Nittany Lions with 11 digs, four solo blocks and two block assists. The Mavericks close out their season at 7-22 overall while the Nittany Lions move on to the semifinals with a 16-12 record.

Game 2: No. 6 Keuka College 1, No. 3 SUNY Poly 3

Boxscore

With a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth set, SUNY Poly secured its spot in the NEAC Final Four with a 25-18 win to defeat Keuka College by a score of 3-1. Keuka College’s Connor Gail (Euclid, Ohio) had a team-high 14 kills and Chris Corcoran (Big Flats, N.Y.) added 30 assists. SUNY Poly’s offense was led by Max Szuba (Irondequoit, N.Y.) with 19 kills and Zach Goggin (Feeding Hills, Mass.) with 52 assists. Defensively, Brian Malsan (Slingerlands, N.Y.) and Garrett Hassard (Oneonta, N.Y.) posted match highs with 19 digs and seven total blocks, respectively. The Wildcats finished the night with a .313 team hitting percentage compared to the Wolves with a .131 hitting percentage. Keuka College’s season comes to an end Tuesday as the Wolves finish with a 7-16 overall record. With the win, SUNY Poly moves on to the NEAC Semifinals and improves to 14-14 on the year.

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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), 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 tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.