NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Amelia Baratier, Morrisville State

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Amelia Baratier, Morrisville State

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we meet Amelia Baratier from Morrisville State.

Name: Amelia Baratier
Sport(s):
 Women's Volleyball
Hometown: Liverpool, N.Y.

What is your current class year and major?

I am currently a junior in Applied Psychology.

Why did you choose to attend Morrisville State?

I chose to attend Morrisville State because when I visited for the first time I thought the campus was really pretty and the girls on the team made me feel really welcome. I also knew Coach Wallace prior to college from club volleyball and knew how dedicated of a coach he was to his teams and wanted to be a part of that. Overall, the environment was super positive.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Morrisville State women's volleyball team?

To be a member of Morrisville State Volleyball to me means hard work and family. Our team has done something that no other volleyball team at Morrisville State has done and has advanced the program so much that it is an amazing thing to be a part of. My whole team and I always strive to work hard whether we are practicing, lifting, or in a match and I think that mentality is what has brought us as far as we have come. It also means family because I know all the teams at Morrisville State are super close and even as a whole athletic department, all of our student-athletes have each other's backs no matter what.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Morrisville State, what would it be?

My favorite moment as Morrisville State was when my coach got a tattoo after our first time ever winning the NEAC Championship.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

After college, I plan to attend SUNY Oswego to receive my master's degree in School Counseling and will hopefully find a position in one of the high schools in Upstate New York as a counselor.

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

Outside of volleyball, I work in the CyberLab and spend a lot of time with my teammates or working on academics.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Dedication, Talent, Heart

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

Eating a Jazzy's oatmeal raisin cookie.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food: Bread

Professional Team or Player: USA Olympic Volleyball Team

Movie: Thor: Ragnarok

Class at Morrisville State: History 102 with Professor Levinsohn

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

I believe I am #NEACStrong because I am a confident young woman who loves to compete and always believes in myself and my team.

To learn more about Morrisville State and Mustangs athletics, visit morrisvillestateathletics.com.

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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.