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Morrisville State volleyball tallies two wins at Hawk Invite; defeats Kean and Elmira

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s volleyball team is off to a program best start in 2007, posting two wins Friday afternoon over Kean University and Elmira College at the New Paltz Hawk Invitational.

Morrisville State defeated the Cougars in three games by scores of 30-20, 30-8 and 36-34. Fueled by a 12 kill and two block performance from Ebony Whitfield (Benton Harbor, MI/Benton Harbor) the Mustangs raced out to a two match lead before having to make a comeback late in the third to win the game.

Nicole Wright (Dryden, NY/Dryden) sparked the Mustangs comeback with seven kills, adding a service ace and two defensive digs. Jessica Robinson (Carmel, NY/Carmel) added 21 assists.

Morrisville State tallied a second win, topping Elmira College 3-1 with scores of 30-17, 30-20, 24-30 and 30-26.

Whitfield recorded 13 kills and four blocks to lead the Mustangs as teammate Jill Pedulla (Peru, NY/Peru) added seven kills, five assists and two blocks. Robinson recorded 27 assists and Wright added six kills and three blocks to the win.

The Mustangs, 6-5 overall on the season, return to the court tomorrow at 10 am against SUNY New Paltz. Morrisville State will advance in tournament play to the afternoon round against a team to be decided by the morning contest in the opposing bracket.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.