NEAC Announces 2018 Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team and Individual Awards

NEAC Announces 2018 Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team and Individual Awards

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced the 21 student-athletes selected to the 2018 Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team and the four recipients of individual honors as determined in a vote by the league’s coaches.

Morrisville State junior Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.) has been recognized as the NEAC Player of the Year after leading her team to a 23-6 record that includes the program’s first undefeated regular season run against conference opponents. The Mustangs’ outside hitter has appeared in 26 games and ranks first in the league with 3.85 kills per set. Among NEAC players, Merrill ranks first with 4.4 points per set, second with 343 kills and third with a .295 hitting percentage. She has also added eight assists and 45 service aces in 89 sets thus far. Merrill currently ranks 40th in Division III in kills per set and points per set. On the defensive side, she has also collected 271 digs, one solo block and seven block assists. Merrill has amassed 20 or more kills in four matches this season and received NEAC weekly honors on three occasions in 2018.

Junior Sam Wolf (Liverpool, N.Y.) from Morrisville State has been named NEAC Defensive Player of the Year after recording a league-leading 561 digs in 2018. The Mustangs’ libero enters the postseason with 105 more digs than any other player in the NEAC and is tied for 26th at the national level in total digs. She also ranks 22nd among all Division III players with an average of 5.72 digs per set. In the opening weekend of the season, Wolf had a single-game high of 48 digs to help her secure the first NEAC Defensive Player of the Week award of 2018. She would go on to win that award two more times throughout the season. Wolf also played a role in the Mustangs’ offensive game with 44 service aces and 105 assists.

Gallaudet University freshman Emma Giuntoli (Austin, Texas) has been selected as the NEAC Rookie of the Year after assuming the role of the Bison’s primary setter. Prior to Tuesday’s NEAC First Round game, Giuntoli ranked 49th in Division III in total assists and currently sits at a conference-best 1,024 assists. She ranks second in the league with 8.90 assists per set and is tied for second with 57 service aces. In addition to her offensive numbers, Giuntoli has 186 digs, one solo block and 25 block assists. She recorded a season-high 46 assists in a conference game against SUNY Poly on Sept. 22 and has five double-doubles in 33 matches. In addition to her individual honor, Giuntoli was selected to the All-Conference Third Team.

Morrisville State Head Coach Fred Wallace is the NEAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after guiding the Mustangs to an undefeated 11-0 record and the program’s first regular season title. Throughout the season, Wallace’s squad has been the NEAC’s top offense with league-leading numbers in kills (1,313), kills per set (13.13), assists (1,162), assists per set (11.62), points (1,679), points per set (16.8) and hitting percentage (.240). In addition to receiving three individual awards, Morrisville State landed four players on the NEAC All-Conference Team. The Mustangs begin postseason play with a 23-6 overall record and will serve as the host of the NEAC Final Four.

NEAC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team

No. Name Institution Year Position Hometown
First Team All-Conference
18 Megyan Merrill Morrisville State Jr. OH Millport, N.Y.
5 Adele Daniels Gallaudet University Jr. OH Austin, Texas
1 Rachel Anderson Wells College So. MH St. Louis, Mo.
22 Sam Wolf Morrisville State Jr. L Liverpool, N.Y.
10 Allison Shuey Lancaster Bible Jr. S Lebanon, Pa.
1 Karlie King SUNY Poly So. OH Liverpool, N.Y.
2 Alyssa Rex Keuka College Sr. S Phoenix, Ariz.
Second Team All-Conference
4 Jackie Allen Wells College Jr. OH Syracuse, N.Y.
11 Amelia Baratier Morrisville State Jr. OH/RS Liverpool, N.Y.
20 Courtney Goyak Lancaster Bible Sr. MH Beecher, Wis.
10 Shua Clay Gallaudet University Sr. MH Pembroke Pines, Fla.
20 Lauren Moelbert Keuka College Sr. OH Hamburg, N.Y.
5 Kirsten Florio Morrisville State So. MH Wellsboro, Pa.
16 Karita Lewis Gallaudet University So. MH Frederick, Md.
Third Team All-Conference
13 Sydney Johnson SUNY Poly Sr. S Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
13 Ashtyn Bouslog Lancaster Bible Jr. OH Randallstown, Md.
12 Madison Wojciechowski Penn State Berks Jr. L Fleetwood, Pa.
17 Emma Giuntoli Gallaudet University Fr. S Austin, Texas
3 Andia Anderson Penn State Abington Sr. MB Philadelphia, Pa.
8 Jazzmyne Williams Wells College Fr. OH San Antonio, Texas
16 Amanda Batten SUNY Poly Fr. L Penfield, N.Y.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.