Wells College Rallies to Win First NEAC Men's Volleyball Championship

Wells College Rallies to Win First NEAC Men's Volleyball Championship

LANCASTER, Pa. – Down 0-2 with its back against the wall, Wells College staged a thrilling comeback to defeat top-seeded Lancaster Bible in five sets to win its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship on Sunday at the Horst Athletic Center.

The victory gives the Express the program’s first berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament. Wells College will now await its next opponent which will be announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Monday at 10 a.m. and can be viewed at NCAA.com.

Boxscore

Lancaster Bible took the first two sets, 25-12 and 25-23, but the Wells College offense woke up in the second set. The Express battled through the third set to grab a 26-24 win after 17 tied scores and six lead changes before winning the fourth set, 25-22, to force the deciding set. Like most of the match, the fifth set was a closely-contested one but Wells continued to show its resiliency. The Chargers held a 13-11 edge late in the set but the Express took the next four points to win its first league title and upset the home team.

Wells junior outside hitter Caden O’Loughlin (Louisville, Ky.) was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after recording 16 kills, two service aces, two block assists and 12 digs in Sunday’s championship match. O’Loughlin totaled 27 kills, 31 points and 20 digs on the weekend for the Express. Sophomore Robert Patzer (Syracuse, N.Y.) also had a big day for Wells with 16 kills and a team-high 20 points while setter Josh Undari (Manor Park, N.Y.) had a match-high 48 assists.

Lancaster Bible’s Nate Miller (Lititz, Pa.) led all players on Sunday with 30 kills and 34.5 points while junior Kole Horst (New Holland, Pa.) finished with 10 kills and 19 digs. Junior setter Kaleb Ansell (York, Pa.) added 47 assists and 11 digs in the heartbreaking loss.

With the loss, the Chargers drop to 26-5 on the year. The Express continue to set a new program record in single-season wins with an overall record of 27-8.

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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.