BROCKPORT, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University women's volleyball season came to an end here Friday night as The College of Brockport defeated the Bison, 3-1, in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division III championship.
Gallaudet (21-16) won a set in the NCAA tournament first round for the first time since 2013. The Bison held an 18-15 lead in the first set before the host Golden Eagles (33-3) rallied back to take the first set 25-20. The second set was a tight match before the Bison scored three straight points to take a 16-14 lead. Gallaudet led 19-17 when the fire alarm went off in the building to delay the match several minutes. When play resumed Brockport made several costly attack errors before freshman middle hitter Camryn Skari (Federal Way, Wash.) spiked home the winning point, 25-23.
In the third set, the Golden Eagles jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead which later increased to 19-9 before the hosts closed it out 25-10. The fourth set was much of the same as Brockport led 11-4 and later 20-13 before serving up an ace to win 25-16.
Freshman outside hitter Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md.) led the Bison with her ninth double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs. Junior outside hitter Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) added seven kills and 17 digs. Junior setter Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) passed out 34 assists, 13 digs and two blocks. Freshman libero Farrah Harmount (Union City, Calif.) tallied 14 digs and had one service ace.
Brockport was paced by its all-region quartet of senior outside hitter Samantha Holdredge (14 kills, 13 digs), junior setter Noelle Poloncarz (44 assists, 12 digs), junior Brianna Richardson (nine kills) and freshman Kelly Waters (three kills). Emma Stoltz added 14 kills and Kathleen Irwin made 20 digs and three aces.
The Golden Eagles advanced to the regional semifinal where they will face Ithaca College tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 12) at 5 p.m. The Bombers defeated Middlebury College, 3-2, in the first round. The first semifinal will feature No. 5 Emory University vs. Clarkson University. Emory defeated The College of New Rochelle, 3-0, while Clarkson dispatched Susquehanna University, 3-0.
- Freshman Maria Elena Rendon (Espanola, N.M.) had one of Gallaudet's two service aces and added three block assists
- Sophomore Shua Clay (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) led the team with four block assists and two kills
- Skari finished with six kills and two block assists
- Sophomore Raelyn Fuechtmann (South St. Paul, Minn.) was limited and added one dig
- Gallaudet is now 2-12 in 12 NCAA appearances
- The last NCAA tournament win by the Bison came in 2006 when GU advanced to the regional final
The Bison will return its entire team from this season, which includes four all-conference players and the NEAC Player and Rookie of the Year, next year along with new recruits. Gallaudet, once again, will be one of the teams to beat in the NEAC as the Bison aim to make it eight straight conference titles in 2017.