Lancaster Bible, Wells College Advance to NEAC Men's Volleyball Championship Match

Lancaster Bible, Wells College Advance to NEAC Men's Volleyball Championship Match

LANCASTER, Pa. – Lancaster Bible and Wells College won their respective semifinal matches on Saturday at the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Volleyball Final Four to set up a rematch of last season’s conference final. 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. In their previous two meetings this season, the Chargers have won both matches by scores of 3-2 and 3-0. The winner of Sunday’s championship game will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament.

Semifinals

Game 1: No. 4 Keuka College 0, No. 1 Lancaster Bible 3 (25-17, 25-15, 32-30)

Boxscore

Top seed Lancaster Bible jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after set scores of 25-17 and 25-15 before a thrilling third set played out in Saturday’s first game. The Chargers held a 17-10 edge in the third set before Keuka College started to chip away at the deficit to score eight of the next 10 points to even the score at 19-19. The two teams went back and forth for the remainder of the set, tying the score 13 more times before Lancaster Bible emerged victorious with a 32-30 set win to lock up a spot in the NEAC Final. Lancaster Bible’s Kyran Flahive (Lititz, Pa.) led all players with 11 kills and 12 points. The Chargers’ junior setter Kaleb Ansell (York, Pa.) recorded a match-high 36 assists while Benjamin Herb (Lebanon, Pa.) contributed 14 digs. Keuka College was led by NEAC Rookie of the Year Brad McKnight (Portland, Ore.) with eight kills and eight digs. Sophomore Kamren Record (Clifton Springs, N.Y.) finished with a team-high 16 digs for the Wolves. The nationally-ranked No. 10 Chargers improve to 26-4 overall while the Wolves wrap up the 2019 season at 13-13.

Game 2: No. 3 SUNY Poly 0, No. 2 Wells College 3 (25-15, 25-20, 27-25)

Boxscore

Much like Saturday’s first semifinal match, Wells College and SUNY Poly battled through a closely-contested third set before the Express completed the 3-0 sweep to advance to their third-straight NEAC Final. Wells took the first two sets, 25-15 and 25-20, before the third set saw four lead changes and 10 ties en route to a 27-25 set score. The Express were led by Caden O’Loughlin (Louisville, Ky.) with 11 kills while rookie Joe Zimmerman (Fairport, N.Y.) added nine kills, three service aces and nine digs. Wells setter Josh Undari (Manor Park, N.Y.) also recorded a match-high 32 assists. SUNY Poly sophomore Donovan Suguitan (Clifton Park, N.Y.) had a team-high eight kills and senior setter Piotr Kasza (Queens, N.Y.) finished with 25 assists. NEAC Defensive Player of the Year Brian Malsan (Slingerlands, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with eight digs. SUNY Poly closes out the year with a 16-13 overall record while Wells College continues on with a 26-8 mark.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.