New Paltz Sports Information Department
he State University of New York at New Paltz women's volleyball team did not return home from the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tournament at Geneseo empty handed this past weekend. Taking the conference by storm, the Hawks defeated Oswego State in the semifinals Friday before moving on to conquer the hosting Knights Saturday to earn the program's third SUNYAC championship title.
Madison Van Pelt led SUNY New Paltz with 14 kills and two blocks, followed by Meredith Dignan, who also earned Tournament MVP honors, with 30 assists and 20 digs. Taylor Cimillo also paced the Hawks with 14 digs and eight kills to help hand the Knights a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-23) defeat.
The win cemented a spot in the NCAA DIII Tournament for SUNY New Paltz, as it starts round one against Franklin and Marshall College Friday on the campus of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI at 5:30 p.m. The Diplomats earned their sixth conference championship for the Centennial Conference this past weekend.