Volleyball releases schedule, opens season Sept. 1 vs. Philadelphia, Le Moyne

Volleyball releases schedule, opens season Sept. 1 vs. Philadelphia, Le Moyne

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT volleyball team will open its 2017 season with home matches against Philadelphia and Le Moyne on Sept. 1, coach Gail Wasmus announced Thursday.

The Bears' home schedule also includes matches with Liberty and Chestnut Hill (Sept. 2), Stonehill and Holy Family (Sept. 16), Molloy (Sept. 20), Franklin Pierce (Sept. 22), LIU Post (Sept. 27), Daemen (Oct. 7), Roberts Wesleyan (Oct. 8), Mercy (Oct. 12), Queens (Oct. 18) and Bridgeport (Nov. 8).

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NYIT volleyball earned its first ECC title in 26 years, Wasmus claimed her 600th career victory and the Bears set a program record for wins with 29 en route to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament's East Region in 2016.

Under Wasmus, the league's Coach of the Year in 2015, the volleyball program has now posted 15 seasons of 20-plus wins.

The Bears dominated last season's ECC awards, with four NYIT student-athletes landing among the league's first-team all-conference honorees — Allison Fowler, Rachel Guida, Karolina Moderova and Tiffany Verni.

Of that group, three return next season. Guida graduates Sunday.

Fowler also claimed her second straight Setter of the Year honor from the league.

The awards kept coming, too. Fowler and Moderova claimed Division II honorable mention All-America recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Fowler, Guida and Moderova had all earned spots on the AVCA's East Region team.

Finally, the Division II Conference Commissioners Association named Guida and Fowler to its All-East Region first team. 

Guida ranked fourth nationally in Division II with 154 total blocks and 20th with 1.20 blocks per set. Moderova ranked 16th with 54 service aces. Verni was 23rd in total kills with 480 and 33rd in total attacks with 1,296.

Moderova, a business marketing major from Zalesie, Slovakia, picked up her 1,000th career kill on Nov. 3, during a three-set win against Molloy.