West Haven, Conn. — One of the most accomplished classes in NYIT volleyball history had its senior season conclude Thursday night.
Fifth-seeded Southern Connecticut State eliminated the fourth-seeded Bears in the opening round of the NCAA East Regional with a 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23 victory at the University of New Haven.
NYIT completed the season with a 25-9 record and its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The opening-round defeat ends the senior seasons of three-time ECC Setter of the Year Allison Fowler, AVCA East Region Player of the Year Karolina Moderova, libero Chessie Santeramo and middle blocker Megan Mannle.
Fowler finished with 4,596 career assists, which ranks third in program history. Moderova had 1,603 kills, which ranks third on NYIT's all-time list in that category.
NYIT had built a 16-8 lead in the first set, but could not hold on. The Bears did rally from an 11-7 deficit in the third set, but Southern Connecticut State answered in the fourth and final set.
The Owls advanced to face top-seeded New Haven in an East Region semifinal on Friday.
No. 3 seed LIU Post also was eliminated in the opening round, leaving No. 2 Molloy as the lone ECC program remaining in the tournament. The Lions overcame a two-set deficit to defeat No. 7 Saint Anselm.
Provided by the NYIT Sports Information Department.