Morrisville State, Lancaster Bible to Meet for NEAC Women's Volleyball Championship

Morrisville State, Lancaster Bible to Meet for NEAC Women's Volleyball Championship

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The top two seeds emerged victorious on Saturday at the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Volleyball Semifinals with Morrisville State and Lancaster Bible moving on to Sunday’s match.

Morrisville State will serve as the host for Sunday’s NEAC Championship Game against Lancaster Bible. Game time is set for 1 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

Game 1: No. 4 Gallaudet University 0, No. 1 Morrisville State 3 (25-20, 25-14, 25-22)

Boxscore

NEAC Player of the Year Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.) had 15 kills and 12 digs to help lead Morrisville State to a 3-0 sweep of Gallaudet University in Saturday’s first semifinal match. The Mustangs’ offense also had help from Kim Dunkleman (Williamsville, N.Y.) with 16 assists and two service aces. Defensively, Amelia Baratier (Liverpool, N.Y.) led the Mustangs with 20 digs while Kirsten Florio (Wellsboro, Pa.) totaled seven blocks. Gallaudet University’s Adele Daniels (Austin, Texas) recorded a match-high 16 kills with 10 digs. NEAC Rookie of the Year Emma Giuntoli (Austin, Texas) led all players with 26 assists while Mia Upchurch (Austin, Texas) added 20 digs. Gallaudet University finished the year at 17-17 while Morrisville State will enter Sunday at 24-6 overall.

Game 2: No. 3 Wells College 2, No. 2 Lancaster Bible 3 (25-22, 17-25, 17-25, 28-26, 18-16)

Boxscore

A five-set thriller closed out the semifinal round as Lancaster Bible rallied for a 3-2 win over Wells College in the second match of the day. The Chargers took the first set, 25-22, before the Express won the next two. Lancaster Bible tied it up in a hard-fought fourth set before closing it out with an 18-16 win in the final set. Four players registered double-digit kills for the Chargers with Courtney Goyak (Beecher, Wis.) leading the way with 13. Junior setter Allison Shuey (Lebanon, Pa.) led all players with 42 assists and four service aces while Hannah Thompson (Morgantown, Pa.) finished the day with 17 digs for Lancaster Bible. The Wells offense was led by rookie Jazzmyne Williams (San Antonio, Texas) with 15 kills and Jordan Stoops (Waynesboro, Pa.) with 23 assists. Wells outside hitter Jackie Allen (Syracuse, N.Y.) also posted a match-high with 19 digs. Wells College wraps up the 2018 season with a 17-12 record. Lancaster Bible improves to 21-8 overall.

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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.