Gallaudet University, Wells College Round Out NEAC Women's Volleyball Final Four

Gallaudet University, Wells College Round Out NEAC Women's Volleyball Final Four

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – A pair of 3-1 decisions in Tuesday’s first round matches resulted in Gallaudet University and Wells College claiming the final two spots in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Volleyball Final Four. The semifinal and final round of the tournament will be hosted by NEAC Regular Season Champion and top-seeded Morrisville State on Nov. 3-4.

The NEAC Semifinals will take place on Saturday with the first game featuring No. 4 Gallaudet University versus No. 1 Morrisville State at noon. The second semifinal will follow at 2:30 p.m. with No. 2 Lancaster Bible taking on No. 3 Wells College. The winners of the semifinal matchups will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the tournament champion receiving an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

Game 1: No. 5 SUNY Poly 1, No. 4 Gallaudet University 3

Boxscore

Gallaudet University’s Adele Daniels (Austin, Texas) led all players with 19 kills as the Bison earned a four-set win to move on to the NEAC Semifinals. After Gallaudet jumped out to a 2-0 lead, SUNY Poly took the third set by a score of 25-14 but the Bison put the match away with a 25-16 advantage in the fourth set. Gallaudet rookie Emma Giuntoli (Austin, Texas) picked up a match-high 38 assists while Karita Lewis (Frederick, Md.) led the Bison’s defense with 18 digs and four total blocks. SUNY Poly’s offense was powered by Karlie King (Liverpool, N.Y.) with 16 kills while Shannon McIntyre (New Berlin, N.Y.) finished with 19 digs. The win gets Gallaudet University over the .500 mark as the Bison enter the weekend at 17-16. SUNY Poly wraps up its season at 14-17 overall.

Game 2: No. 6 Keuka College 1, No. 3 Wells College 3

Boxscore

Down 2-0, Keuka College edged out a 25-23 win in the third set but Wells College responded with a 25-19 win in the fourth set to advance to the NEAC Semifinals. Jackie Allen (Syracuse, N.Y.) recorded 12 kills and six digs with a .323 hitting percentage for the Express. Wells College freshman Jazzmyne Williams (San Antonio, Texas) had a team-best 16 digs while teammate Amanda Springer (Norwood, Mass.) finished with six total blocks. Keuka College’s Lauren Moelbert (Hamburg, N.Y.) and Alyssa Rex (Phoenix, Ariz.) each posted match-highs with 13 kills and 34 assists, respectively. With the win, Wells College improves to 17-11 overall. Keuka College ends the year at 11-19.

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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.