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Morrisville State volleyball finishes season with 3-2 win over Hamilton College

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State women’s volleyball concluded the 2008 season in dramatic fashion Tuesday evening, claiming the 3-2 win over Hamilton College in the back and forth battle on senior night in Morrisville.

Hamilton claimed the first set, posting a come from behind victory for the 25-23 win. In the second Morrisville State battled back, edging the Continentals 25-23 and took the third set by a final 25-21. In the fourth, Hamilton again posted a comeback win, defeating the Mustangs 25-21 forcing the fifth and final set.

In the final set, Morrisville State led by a narrow three point margin before senior Sara Sulger (Greene, NY) served four straight points for the Mustangs in the 15-8 non-conference win.

Ebony Whitfield (Benton Harbor, MI) paced Morrisville State with 14 kills while adding four defensive digs and a collegiate high 14 solo blocks to her tallies. Amanda Britton (Cazenovia, NY) added 12 kills and six digs while Heather Begin (Burnt Hills, NY) tallied five kills and nine digs.

Senior Jessica Robinson (Carmel, NY) added a kill to the Mustang tallies, assisting four while recording three defensive digs and one block and Sulger tallied three kills, four digs and three blocks in their final collegiate match.

Rachel Irizarry (Woodinville, WA) paced Hamilton with 14 kills while teammate Kristen Selden (Southborough, MA) added eight on the night. Amber O’Connor (Pembroke, ONT) played a huge defensive game for the Continentals, tallying 33 defensive digs. Kelsey Lawler (Irvine, CA) kept Hamilton in the game, serving 10 aces while adding 28 assists.

Morrisville State concludes the season with a 7-22 overall record.

Hamilton falls to 8-18 overall and will resume play on Saturday at SUNY IT.

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.