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Volleyball to open season Tuesday

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s volleyball team is ready to hit the courts this season, opening the 2009 campaign at home against Route 20 rival Cazenovia College Tuesday night in Morrisville.

The Mustangs look to improve on the 7-22 record established last season as they join a new conference, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), this fall and enter their first active membership year within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), becoming eligible to compete for post season championship play.

Morrisville State returns a strong core of upperclassmen in senior outside hitter Amanda Britton (Cazenovia, NY), junior middle hitter Nicole Wright (Dryden, NY) and sophomores Cassie Kimbrell (Croghan, NY) and Keli Stewart (Interlaken, NY), an outside hitter and setter respectively, that are expected to contribute to the team’s success this season.

Britton was second on the team in kills last season, compiling a total 252, adding 28 service aces, 208 digs, and 25 total blocks to her tallies. She ranked ninth in kills per game in the SUNYAC and received first team All-SUNYAC honors.

Wright added 17 kills, seven service aces, 46 digs and six blocks to the team tallies while Kimbrell recorded 80 kills, seven aces, 124 digs and eight blocks on the season.

Stewart assisted 16 while tallying eight service aces and 31 digs.

Tuesday’s home opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities gymnasium. The team will compete in its first tournament Friday, September 4 at D’Youville College.

A full schedule and game results can be found on the athletics web site at www.athletics.morrisville.edu or by calling the sports information office at 315.684.6250.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

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.