WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team completed the second day of hosting the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover weekend here Saturday at the Field House during homecoming weekend. The Bison swept both of their opponents, Morrisville State College and SUNY Cobleskill, in straight sets. The day also represented Senior Day for Gallaudet as the program paid tribute to four student-athletes.
The Bison (19-10, 10-2 NEAC) faced the Mustangs (11-16, 6-5 NEAC) in the first match and won 25-7, 25-7, 25-19. The Bison totaled 16 service aces in the match as half of them were tallied in the first set. The Mustangs tried to rally back in the third set but were unable to surpass the Bison before the match ended.
In the second match against Cobleskill (5-20, 2-10 NEAC) sophomore Kylene Etkie (Austin, Texas) served the Bison to victory as she recorded 13 service aces. Etkie came in the first set at 4-1 and served 12 straight points, with four aces in the rally, for the Bison. Sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) led the Bison with 20 kills and 13 digs on the day. Senior setter TraciAnn Hoglind (Fishers, Ind.) had 40 assists and four service aces on the day.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (22-3, 11-1 NEAC) clinched the top seed in the upcoming NEAC tournament on Nov. 7-8 as the Wildcats defeated SUNY Cobleskill (25-15, 25-14, 25-15) and Morrisville State College (25-13, 25-10, 25-17) on Court 2 here Saturday.
Hoglind, along with Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.), Molly Perkins (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) were honored after the matches by Gallaudet coach Lynn Ray Boren and the team on Senior Day. Hoglind has appeared in 139 matches in four years and has totaled 3,245 assists, 654 digs and 214 service aces. She is a three-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree and two-time All-NEAC second team honoree. Fetzer has appeared in 139 matches in four years and has totaled 1,664 digs, 151 assists and 134 service aces. She is a two-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete and was named 2012 Team Rookie of the Year. Perkins has appeared in 116 matches in four years and has totaled 554 kills, 278 digs and 97 service aces. She is a three-time NEAC Scholar-Athlete honoree and 2014 All-NEAC second team honoree. Morris, a transfer, has appeared in 65 matches in two years with the Bison and has totaled 469 kills, 545 digs and 86 service aces. Morris was the 2014 NEAC Tournament MVP and was named to the NEAC Scholar-Athlete list last year.
- The Bison totaled 29 service aces, 59 digs and 61 kills in six sets
- Freshman Tessa Lewis (Frederick, Md.) added 14 kills, the second highest for the Bison, while Morris and junior Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) each added nine kills
- Freshman Raelyn Fuechtmann (South St. Paul, Minn.) led the Bison with 16 digs
- Morris and junior Daisy Jo Robinson (Faribault, Minn.) each added three service aces
"It's my privilege to coach this senior class with their character and willingness to adjust and do what's best for Gallaudet volleyball program." Lynn Ray Boren, Gallaudet University women's volleyball head coach
The Bison will travel to Catholic University of America (15-15) on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. for a non-conference match with the Cardinals.