GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo first-year outside hitter Grace Cergol and senior middle blocker Courtney Cleary paced the Knights with 15 and 11 kills, respectively, in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-14) win over visiting Houghton on Tuesday night at Schrader Gymnasium. The victory extended the Knights' win streak to four matches.
Cergol, who turned in a double-double after also compiling a team-high 15 digs, and Cleary were the only players to reach double-figure kills for either team. First-year outside hitter Abby May added eight kills and led the Knights with a .389 hitting percentage on the night. Sophomore setter Emily Ast quarterbacked the offense with a match-best 31 assists, while first-year libero Sam Mendelsohn anchored a defense that held Houghton (4-3) to a .031 hitting percentage with 13 digs.
The teams traded points to the open the match and found themselves tied 7-7 in the early going. Cergol then served for four-straight points, igniting a 10-4 Geneseo run that gave the Knights a 17-11 lead. Geneseo went on to score the final four points of the set unanswered en route to the 12-point victory.
The most competitive of the three sets, Geneseo jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the second. Houghton retaliated, however, to level the score at 8-8. The Knights went on to build a 14-9 lead, but the Highlanders rebounded to tie the score, 23-23. However, a service ace from Ast followed a Cleary kill yielded the two-point win for the Knights.
Geneseo rode that momentum into the third set, cruising to an 8-2 lead in the early going. The Knights held at least a three-point advantage the rest of the way to clinch the match.
Geneseo travels to Selinsgrove, Pa., for the Hampton Inn Classic this Friday and Saturday where the Knights will face tournament host Susquehanna, Nazareth, Geneva, and Frostburg State.