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Morrisville State volleyball opens season with win, defeats Cazenovia 3-1

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s volleyball opened the 2009 season campaign with a 3-1 win over Route 20 rival Cazenovia College Tuesday night in Morrisville.

Morrisville State exploded out of the gate in the first game, claiming the 25-18 win and followed with a 25-18 victory in the second before Cazenovia rallied for a 25-14 win in game three. The Mustangs came from behind in game four, notching the 25-23 win, claiming the 3-1 match win.

Senior Amanda Britton (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) led Morrisville State with 13 kills on the night, adding six service aces, while adding 10 digs and two solo blocks to the defensive game. Junior Nicole Wright (Dryden, NY/Dryden) added six kills and five digs, stopping one solo and two assisted blocks at the net. Sophomore Casie Kimbrell (Croghan, NY/Beaver River) added five kills and four digs.

Cazenovia’s Lauren Harder (Oneonta, NY/Oneonta) tallied 12 kills and three service aces as teammate Jessica Converse (Rose, NY/North Rose-Wolcott) added 11 kills and three aces to lead Cazenovia’s offensive game. Defensively, Ashley Kelley (Factoryville, PA/Lackawanna Trail) led the Wildcats with 28 digs.

Morrisville State (1-0) returns to the court Friday evening at the D’Youville College Spartan Invitational in Buffalo for the two day tournament.

Cazenovia (0-1) is on the road Saturday at Alfred University.

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.