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Mustang volleyball has no answer to Mavericks attack

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Medaille College (9-1) women’s volleyball rolled to a 3-0 win Tuesday night over host Morrisville State College, killing the ball 36 times in game wins of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-18.

Freshman Janine Benkelman (Eden, NY) led Medaille’s offensive attack with 10 kills in the match with teammate Gina Traniello (Falconer, NY) adding seven, as eight other Maverick players contributed to the team’s total on the night.

Holley McAllister (Rochester, NY) served up six aces for Medaille and contributed 10 defensive digs to the Maverick tallies, while Benkelman added four aces and 10 digs. Andrea Reitz (Lake Shore, NY) and Traniello combined for 30 assists.

Plagued with hitting errors, Morrisville State was able to generate an attack out of Amanda Britton (Cazenovia, NY) and Ebony Whitfield (Benton Harbor, MI) who posted 13 of the team’s total 15 kills. Britton led the team with seven digs.

Keli Stewart (Interlaken, NY) assisted 14 while contributing four digs in the efforts.

Morrisville State (5-7, 2-0 NEAC) returns to play Saturday, hosting Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State Berks in a conference tri-match. Match play is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the college’s John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities Gymnasium on the Morrisville State campus.

Medaille returns to the court Saturday, hosting Penn State Altoona at 1 p.m.

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.