Lancaster Bible Claims First NEAC Men's Volleyball Championship

Lancaster Bible Claims First NEAC Men's Volleyball Championship

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – After a back-and-forth matchup on Sunday afternoon, Lancaster Bible defeated Wells College by a score of 3-1 in the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Volleyball Championship at Lancaster Bible’s Horst Athletic Center.

The victory gives the Chargers their first conference championship and an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament. Lancaster Bible will find out its next opponent during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday at 10 a.m., which can be viewed at NCAA.com.

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Lancaster Bible)

Lancaster Bible took the first two sets, 25-17, 28-26, before Wells College responded with a 25-20 win in the third set to cut the Chargers lead to 2-1. With Wells carrying the momentum early in the fourth set, Lancaster Bible rallied a number of times before rattling off four straight points to take an 18-14 lead. The Chargers were able to maintain control the rest of the way to earn a 25-20 set win and claim the NEAC crown.

The Wells College offense got 15 kills from Caden O’Loughlin (Louisville, Ky.) while Josh Undari (Manor Park, N.Y.) recorded 42 assists. Rookie Robert Patzer (Syracuse, N.Y.) also continued to make an impact on the court with 11 kills and 13 digs for the Express. Wells College ends its season at 21-8 overall after advancing to the NEAC Final for the second-straight year.

Lancaster Bible’s Nate Miller (Lititz, Pa.) posted match highs with 17 kills and 18 digs to earn Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. The Chargers also received contributions from Kasey Gentry (Hershey, Pa.) with 13 kills and 11 digs while Kaleb Ansell (York, Pa.) finished the day with 41 assists. With the two wins this weekend, Lancaster Bible went undefeated against NEAC opponents in 2018. The Chargers also improved to 23-4 overall and will take a 13-match win streak into the NCAA Tournament.

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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.