MARCY, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team is now just one game away from claiming its seventh straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship after defeating Morrisville State College in a five-set thriller, 3-2, here Saturday.
The Bison had to rally throughout the NEAC semifinal match and won the final two sets; 22-25, 25-18, 17-25, 26-24, 15-11 on the campus of SUNY Poly.
Gallaudet (20-15), the second seed, advances to tomorrow's NEAC championship match where it will face top-seed SUNY Poly (21-11) in a rematch of last year's NEAC title match won by the Bison. The winner of the NEAC championship will receive an automatic bid into the 2016 NCAA Division III tournament.
The Bison rallied throughout the match after trailing 1-0 and later 2-1 after three sets. GU was forced to win the final two sets to claim victory. Gallaudet squeaked out a 26-24 win in the fourth set to push the match to a fifth and final decisive set. This was the first five-set match the Bison have had this season.
Junior outside hitter Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) led the Bison attack with 21 kills, 12 digs, two service aces and two block assists for her 17th double-double this season. Freshman Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md.) recorded 20 kills, 11 digs and three assists. This is the eighth double-double for Daniels and the third time she has tallied 20 or more kills in a match.
Junior setter Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) passed out 55 assists and made seven digs, two block assists and two service aces. Freshman middle hitter Camryn Skari (Federal Way, Wash.) had 11 kills, six digs, one block assist and one ace. Defensively, the Bison were led by freshman libero Farrah Harmount (Union City, Calif.) who recorded 28 digs and two service aces.
Morrisville State (21-10) was led by Emilee Niejadlik who recorded a double-double with 14 kills, 13 digs and two block assists.
- Freshman Maria Elena Rendon (Espanola, N.M.) had three kills and eight digs
- Sophomore Shua Clay (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) recorded six kills and four block assists
- The 55 assists by Jeter are the second most for her this season
- This was Gallaudet's first meeting against Morrisville in a NEAC tournament match
- The Bison are now 7-0 all-time in NEAC semifinal matches
- Gallaudet is the six-time defending NEAC champion
- This is the eighth straight year the Bison have reached 20 wins in a season
- Head Coach Lynn Ray Boren has won 20 or more games in 11 of his 12 years coaching the Bison
Gallaudet faces SUNY Poly tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 6) at 1 p.m. in the NEAC championship. The matchup marks the fifth time the Bison have faced the Wildcats in the NEAC tournament dating back to 2010. Gallaudet is 4-0 all-time against SUNY Poly in the NEAC tournament. This will be the third time the two teams have met in the NEAC title game. The Wildcats defeated Gallaudet, 3-1, earlier this season to give the Bison one of their two conference losses this season.