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Whitfield, Relkoff named Mustang "Athletes of the Week"

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College athletic department has named volleyball junior outside hitter, Ebony Whitfield (Benton Harbor, MI) and ice hockey’s junior goaltender, Caylin Relkoff (Grand Forks, BC) the Mustang Athletes of the Week for the week ending October 27, 2009.

Whitfield assisted the team to a 2-0 week, as Morrisville defeated SUNYIT 3-0 and Cobleskill 3-1 on Saturday.

On the week, Whitfield recorded 21 kills, four assists, seven service aces, nine defensive digs, six solo blocks and an assisted block, hitting .477 percent for the day. The women are awaiting tournament seeding, after finishing conference tri-match action with an 8-0 overall record.

The graduate of Benton Harbor High School is majoring in accounting at Morrisville State College. She is the daughter of Cathy and Larry Cohen of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Relkoff started in the exhibition matchup against nationally ranked #8 Division I Princeton University, and turned away all 21 shots faced in 20 minutes of action to help the Mustangs to a scoreless tie through one period of play.

Relkoff was named to the SUNYAC Commissioner’s List last spring for academic excellence.

A 2004 graduate of Grand Forks Secondary School, Relkoff is majoring in human performance and health promotion at Morrisville State College. He is the son of Anne Robertson and Ken Relkoff of Grand Forks, British Columbia.

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.