Lancaster Bible, Wells College Set for NEAC Men's Volleyball Championship Match

Lancaster Bible, Wells College Set for NEAC Men's Volleyball Championship Match

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Two teams remain as Lancaster Bible and Wells College emerged victorious in Saturday’s semifinal matches at the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Volleyball Final Four. This weekend’s tournament is being hosted at Lancaster Bible’s Horst Athletic Center.

Lancaster Bible and Wells College with meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. to determine the NEAC Champion. The winner of Sunday’s championship game will receive an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament.

Semifinals

Game 1: No. 4 Penn State Altoona 0, No. 1 Lancaster Bible 3

Boxscore

Penn State Altoona came out the game strong, holding a lead through the start of the first set. Lancaster Bible answered by rattling off seven straight points to gain control and eventually take a 1-0 lead. The Chargers never trailed by more than two points in either of the next two sets to defeat the Lions by a final score of 3-0. Tommy Kisick (Latrobe, Pa.) led Penn State Altoona with 23 assists and Justin Bannister (Willow Hill, Pa.) recorded a team-high nine kills. Lancaster Bible’s Nate Miller (Lititz, Pa.) and Kaleb Ansell (York, Pa.) posted match highs with 22 kills and 34 assists, respectively. The Chargers also finished the day with a .352 team hitting percentage. Penn State Altoona closes out the season with a 16-13 overall record while Lancaster Bible improves to 22-4 and stretches its win streak to 12 matches.

Game 2: No. 3 SUNY Poly 1, No. 2 Wells College 3

Boxscore

The second semifinal match was a close one with neither team winning a set by more than four points. Wells College took the first set, 29-27, before SUNY Poly rebounded with a 25-21 win in the second set to tie it up. The two teams continued to battle through the next two set, but the Express earned 25-22 and 25-21 wins en route to the 3-1 victory. The Wildcats had three players reach double-figures in kills with Donovan Suguitan (Clifton Park, N.Y.) leading the way with 13 kills. SUNY Poly’s Zach Goggin (Feeding Hills, Mass.) also added a match-high 47 assists. NEAC Rookie of the Year Robert Patzer (Syracuse, N.Y.) had a solid day for Wells College with 15 kills, two assists, 10 digs and five block assists. Brannon Perdicho (Victor, N.Y.) also recorded 15 kills for the Express, while Josh Undari (Manor Park, N.Y.) added 46 assists. With Saturday’s loss, SUNY Poly ends the year with a 14-15 overall mark. Wells College pushes its record to 21-7 and advances to its second-straight NEAC Final.

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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.