Women’s Volleyball Plays in NCAA Tournament

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The NYIT Women’s Volleyball team earned spot in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and played conference rival Bridgeport earlier this month. The Bears’ goal at the start of the season was to get into the NCAA Tournament. It has been five years since the team got into the tournament and the Bears were very happy with this accomplishment. This is the 7th trip the Bears have made to the NCAA Tournament. The team’s time at the tournament however, was cut short by a 3-0 loss against Bridgeport. This was the fourth time the Bears went up against Bridgeport this season.

The Bears played hard but unfortunately made too many unforced errors. According to Head Coach Gail Wasmus, the team got off to a slow start against Bridgeport. Hitting and blocking were excellent for Bridgeport. The Bears couldn’t stop their hitters out of the middle. “We started with a good service by Tugce and Lisa, but later on we struggled,” says Wasmus. “I felt the team was prepared, but we just didn’t execute.”

The Bears expected their match to be a tough one since Bridgeport was a team they were keeping a look out for. They felt Bridgeport was the biggest challenge for them to overcome before the NCCA Tournament. The last three matches against Bridgeport ended up with 1 win and 2 losses.

While the team did meet an early defeat, the Bears had a great season having an overall record of 19-9 with a second place regular-season finish in the ECC with an 11-2 mark. “I think we had a great season,” says Wasmus. “We went on a streak of 16-1 at one point.” Getting to the NCAA Tournament was a great achievement on its own. The Bears were very happy to accomplish their goal of getting into the NCAA Tournament.

Shelby Cable and Lisa Peacock were named to the 2011 Daktronics All-East Season second team. Peacock anchored the NYIT defense this season, averaging a conference-beast 4.72 digs per set. She got double-digit digs on 23 instances, including a season high of 32 against Kutztown on September 1. During that match, Peacock became the eighth Bear in program history to build up 1,000 career digs. She is currently second-all time with 1,417. Her efforts got her named East Coast Conference Libero of the Year for the third season in the row.

Cable led the Bears with 4.54 kills per set and added 30 acres, 33 blocks and grabbed 298 digs. For the majority of the season, Cable has been ranked in the top-10 nationally in kills per set and total points. For the second season in a row, she received All-ECC first team accolades.

The Bears achieved their goal and are happy they were able to get into the NCAA Tournament after a five year absence. Everyone worked hard and put in a good effort to get the team to the NCAA Tournament. The Bears had such a great season and they look forward to doing even better next season.

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Women’s Volleyball Plays in NCAA Tournament