MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State Women's Volleyball team returned to their competitive non-conference schedule on Tuesday night and fought through adversity for a five-set win over the host Dragons.
The Mustangs came out strong in the first set; at one point, commanding a 21-15 lead. Oneonta battled back, bringing it within two, but the Morrisville came away with the 25-22 victory. Unfortunately the tides were turned in the second set as the Mustangs struggled to find their offensive rhythm as the Dragons took the second set win.
With the match knotted up at one set a piece, the Dragons and Mustangs traded points early in the third set. Morrisville used a string of solid attacks and dominant serving to force Oneonta into two quick timeouts before the Dragons broke 13 points. The second timeout served to be beneficial for the host squad as they rattled off three straight points.
Morrisville was able to side out, but a service error and a string of strong attacks by the Dragons tied the set up at 21 all. The Mustangs took their own time out to slow the Oneonta momentum. After a few more traded points, Megyan Merrill (Millport, N.Y.) ripped a kill to put the Mustangs up 24-23 before closing out the set on a solo block.
Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Mustangs were forced to play catchup throughout the fourth set. Oneonta controlled the pace for nearly the entire set and were able to pull out the fourth set even as the Mustangs surged at the end.
With both sides taking two sets each, Morrisville was forced into playing the deciding set for the first time in 2017. The Mustangs who were 6-4 last season in five-set matches were the first to 8 points off of several big kills by Merrill, Kirsten Florio (Wellsboro, Pa.), and Elycia Crittenden (Louisville, Ky.). Dominant play at the net by the Morrisville defense set the tone down the stretch for the 15-11 fifth set victory and the 3-2 non-conference match win.
The Mustangs will continue their two-week road swing on Saturday when they head to Wells College for a North Eastern Athletic Conference tilt at noon before squaring off with cross-town non-conference rival Hamilton College at 2 PM.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.