Back-to-Back: Lady Jays Win Second Straight Skyline Title
NYU-Poly Avenges Regular Season Loss; Wins NCAA Bid
NEWBURGH, NY- The NYU-Poly Women's Volleyball is the Skyline Conference Champions — again. The Lady Jays defeated #1 seed Mount Saint Mary College 3-0 to claim their 2nd straight Skyline Championship and NCAA berth, and in the process avenged a regular season 3-2 loss to the Knights.
The back-to-back titles are a first in the history of NYU-Poly athletics. Last year the Lady Jays stormed back to defeat Sage College 3-2 on NYU-Poly's home court and at the time, earned the school's first ever NCAA automatic bid.
This year was a little easier for the many fans who travelled up north to rout on the Lady Jays. In the lunchtime semi-final NYU-Poly easily disposed of Old Westbury 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-11). In the final, NYU-Poly rolled over the Knights in the first two sets 25-21 and 25-15, before the Mount rallied taking a a 20-19 lead in set three.
The Lady Jays responded with the next three points, however, and went on to put away the match. NYU-Poly junior Victoria Kalvert (Missouri City, Texas) put down a missed return by the Mount at match point.
For the second straight year, NYU-Poly senior Meredith Shipman (Sugarland, Texas) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Shipman finished the championship match with 16 kills and 15 digs. She totaled 15 kills and 12 digs in the semifinal victory over Old Westbury.
NYU-Poly will now await the NCAA selection committee's announcement of who and where the Lady Jays will play in the opening round of the NCAA Division 3 Tournament which kicks off next weekend.