CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol totals a match-high 27 kills to go along with 18 digs, but it was Wellesley (Mass.) coming back to earn a 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 27-25, 15-8) win over the Knights, Friday, on the first day of action at the MIT Invitational.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Knights came out on the short end of a tight first set. Down, 14-13, Wellesley crept to a 19-16 lead, but Geneseo responded to knot the score, 21-21. Tied, 22-22, Wellesley scored three of the final four points to earn the two-point win.
- Geneseo bounced back to take the second set and even the match, 1-1. Trailing, 17-14, the Knights went on an 8-2 run to build a 22-19 lead en route to the three-point victory.
- In the third, Geneseo broke an 8-8 tie with an 8-4 run to build a 16-12 edge. The Knights stretched their lead, 21-16, but the Blue closed within three, 23-20. However, back-to-back kills by first-year middle blocker Kiersten Colvin and Cergol closed the five-point win.
- The fourth set saw Geneseo break a 14-14 with a 7-3 run to lead, 21-17. Wellesley responded with an 8-3 run to take a 25-24 edge, but a kill by first-year outside hitter Alexandra Frank knotted the score, 25-25. However, two-straight Wellesley kills forced a deciding fifth set.
- Wellesley jumped out to a 7-3 lead but three-straight Geneseo points, including a pair of Cergol kills, pulled the Knights within one, 7-6. However, the Blue finished the match with an 8-2 run to earn the win.
- Sophomore libero Sam Mendelsohn was credited with a match-high 27 digs to tie her career-high total.
- First-year outside hitter Alexandra Frank totaled career-highs with 11 kills and 22 digs.
- Junior setter Emily Ast paired a match-high 50 assists with 10 digs for her third double-double in four outings.
- Geneseo will play two more matches on Saturday at the MIT Invitational, taking on Babson (Mass.) at 10:00 and Springfield (Mass.) at 2:00 p.m.