MARCY, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team defeated Penn St.-Abington, 3-0, here Friday in the quarterfinal round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament hosted by SUNY Poly.
After crawling out of an early hole in the first set, second-seed Gallaudet jumped ahead and never looked backed defeating the No. 7 Nittany Lions in straight sets 25-23, 25-18, 25-16. Gallaudet (19-15) is the six-time defending NEAC champions.
NEAC Player of the Year and first-team selection Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) proved worthy of her selections by recording her 16th double-double of the season with 11 kills, 11 digs and three service aces. Fellow first-team selection Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md.) recorded a double-double with a team-high 13 kills and 10 digs. Daniels, the 2016 NEAC Rookie of the Year, also recorded two block assists and two service aces. All-NEAC second team selection Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) dished out 34 assists and two service aces while freshman middle hitter Camryn Skari (Federal Way, Wash.), an All-NEAC third team selection, had 11 kills and two digs.
Penn St.-Abington (21-10) was led by Sam Amaro, who recorded a double-double with 21 kills and 10 digs.
- Freshman outside hitter Maria Elena Rendon (Espanola, N.M.) recorded three service aces, four digs and two kills
- Freshman libero Farrah Harmount (Union City, Calif.) had 15 digs
- Sophomore middle hitter Shua Clay (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) had one block solo and three block assists
- Gallaudet served up 11 aces
- GU is now 2-0 all-time in NEAC quarterfinal matches
The Bison will compete against Morrisville State College (21-9) in the NEAC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. The Mustangs defeated Lancaster Bible College (15-20) in straight sets on Friday afternoon. The winner between Gallaudet-Morrisville will advance to Sunday's conference championship. GU has never faced Morrisville in a NEAC tournament match since it joined the conference in 2010-11.