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Volleyball goes 1-3 at Hawk Invite

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – Morrisville State College improved to 4-7 overall, going 1-3 at the SUNY New Paltz Hawk Invitational on Friday and Saturday at New Paltz.

Elmira topped Morrisville 3-1 in the first of the four-game tournament, winning 25-20, 19-25, 25-17 and 25-23. Amanda Britton (Cazenovia, NY) led the Mustangs with 14 kills, eight defensive digs and one assisted block. Ebony Whitfield (Benton Harbor, MI) added 16 kills and two solo blocks to the Mustangs efforts.

Morrisville State rebounded from the loss in the second match of the night, defeating Mount Saint Mary College 3-0 by scores of 25-19, 29-27 and 25-20. Sara Sulger (Greene, NY) led the way with eight kills in the match. Britton and Whitfield each added six kills, as Britton added 11 digs and Whitfield four solo blocks to the defensive tallies.

Morrisville State fell to host SUNY New Paltz Saturday morning with scores of 25-19, 25-15 and 25-19. Britton led the attack game with seven kills, contributing 10 digs and one solo and two blocks to the Mustangs defensive efforts. Heather Begin (Burnt Hills, NY) added two solo and one assisted block, assisting 15 in the attack game.

In the final match of the tournament, Keuka defeated Morrisville 25-23, 25-22 and 25-14 for the 3-0 win. Britton and Whitfield combined for 25 kills in the contest as Begin assisted 23 total attacks while leading the team defensively with 11 digs. Britton added nine.

Morrisville State returns to the court Thursday for the three day SUNYAC West Pool Play held at Buffalo State.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. 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 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.