MORRISVILLE, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team split Saturday afternoon at the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover hosted by Morrisville State. The Bison (15-16, 7-3 NEAC) lost a tough 3-1 match to first-place Morrisville State (19-6, 9-0 NEAC) and bounced back with a 3-0 sweep of Cazenovia College (3-18, 2-8 NEAC).
Gallaudet was down six points, 14-20, in the first set and came back to tie the set at 24 before Morrisville recorded a kill and a Bison ball handling error ended the first set in favor of the host Mustangs, 24-26.
GU trailed by seven points halfway through the second set and was never able to close the gap as Morrisville won 17-25. The Bison continued to compete against the top team in the NEAC and faced an 18-21 deficit in the third set before Gallaudet scored seven of the final nine points to win 25-23. Morrisville led from start to finish in the fourth and final set as the Mustangs galloped to a 17-25 win.
Junior outside hitter Adele Daniels (Austin, Texas) tallied a double-double with 13 kills and 16 digs to go with two aces, one block and one assist. Sophomore middle hitter Karita Lewis (Frederick, Md.) tallied nine kills and 11 digs and freshman setter Emma Giuntoli (Austin, Texas) passed out 36 assists.
The Mustangs were led by Megyan Merrill's 15 kills and three service aces while Amelia Baratier recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 19 digs. Kim Dunkleman (nine digs, two blocks) and Helena Hanes (six digs, two blocks) passed out 22 and 21 assists, respectively.
In the second match, Gallaudet jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind set wins of 25-15 and 25-23. The Bison were in line for a sweep in the third set as they led 22-20 before the Wildcats scored five of the next six points to win 23-25. GU regrouped and came back strong in the fourth set as the Bison barely allowed Cazenovia to reach double digits en route to a 25-12 set win to end the match.
Daniels led the Bison with 20 kills, 18 digs, four blocks and one ace. Senior middle hitter Shua Clay (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) tallied a career-high 14 kills and two blocks. Karita Lewis (nine digs, three blocks, two aces) and junior outside hitter Tessa Lewis (Frederick, Md.) added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Giuntoli passed out 45 assists, the second-highest total this season.
Cazenovia's Mallory Clark led the team with seven kills while Grace Torino made a team-high 22 digs and three aces and Kaylin Van auken passed out 26 assists.
- Junior outside hitter Tessa Lewis (Frederick, Md.) tallied eight kills against Morrisville
- Sophomore outside hitter Brynn Schmidt (Bozeman, Mont.) contributed six kills in both matches
- Junior defensive specialist Farrah Harmount (Union City, Calif.) had five service aces on the day; three against Cazenovia
- Freshman defensive specialist Mia Upchurch (Austin, Texas) recorded a game-high 23 digs against Cazenovia
- Upchurch tallied 43 digs on the day
- GU had 13 aces combined
GU returns to the district and will make the short trip to the Brentwood neighborhood on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to play The Catholic University of America (18-11) in a non-conference 7 p.m. match.