Women's Volleyball Sweeps Two Matches At Rochester Invitational

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's volleyball team picked up a pair of wins over Utica (3-0) and host University of Rochester (3-2) on Saturday afternoon, capping an undefeated weekend at the 2016 UR Volleyball Invitational

Senior middle blocker Courtney Cleary and first-year libero Sam Mendelsohn collected All-Tournament Team honors after leading the Knights to a 3-0 record for the tournament after also taking down Hamilton, 3-1, on Friday.

Geneseo 3, Utica 0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-9)
First-year outside hitter Abby May led all players with 11 kills, while classmate Shea Casey registered a career-high nine service aces to highlight the victory. Geneseo combined for a season-best 21 service aces on the match.

Play opened with the teams trading points before Geneseo broke a 3-3 tie with a decisive 8-0 run from which Utica never recovered. May and sophomore Emily Ast each contributed a pair of kills during the critical stretch, and the Pioneers would get no closer than seven (18-11) the rest of the way.
Utica (1-9) hung with Geneseo to start the second set, pulling within 13-11 midway through. The Knights closed the set with a 12-2 run for a second-straight 25-14 win. Geneseo rode that momentum into the third, jumping out to an early 6-1 lead. The Pioneers pulled within 7-3, but the Knights scored the next seven points unanswered, including four-straight aces from Casey, and never looked back.

Geneseo 3, Rochester 2 (25-16, 25-19, 13-25, 18-25, 15-10)
Geneseo jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Rochester took the next two sets to force a decisive fifth set. The teams traded points to start the fifth, but Geneseo used a 4-0 run, including three-straight May kills, to break a 4-4 tie and take an 8-4 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets responded, pulling within 10-8 on a service ace from Audrey Goldfarb. Three unanswered points for the Knights followed, as they scored five of the match's final seven points to hand Rochester (6-2) its second loss of the season.

The Knights' offense combined for a .259 hitting percentage for the match. First-year outside hitter Grace Cergol led all players with 22 kills to go with 17 digs. Mendelsohn led the defense with a match-best 26 digs, while Ast added 29 assists and 12 digs.
 
Geneseo (3-4) brings its three-game winning streak into a non-conference match-up against Houghton in Tuesday's home opener. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. at Schrader Gymnasium. 
SUNYAC Tournament Central
November 4, 2016 SUNYAC Tournament Central