CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled a match-high 23 kills to go along with 17 digs to lead the Knights to a 3-1 (14-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-19) victory over Babson on the second day of the MIT Invitational, Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo took an early 7-5 lead in the first set, but Babson responded with a 7-1 run to build a 12-8 edge. The Knights scored two-straight points, but the Beavers put together a decisive 8-1 run to lead 20-11 en route to the opening set victory.
- Geneseo turned the tables in the second, starting with an 8-3 lead that included a pair of kills by first-year middle blocker Bridget Lougen. A service ace by Cergol pushed the Knights' lead to 14-8, before a 7-4 run capped by four-unanswered points made it a 21-12 lead that proved insurmountable.
- Babson took a quick 5-2 lead to start the third, but the Knights came back with a 7-2 run to build a 9-6 lead. The Beavers got one back but Geneseo scored eight-unanswered points, including four kills by Cergol, to take a commanding 17-7 lead on its way to an 11-point victory.
- In the fourth, the Beavers once again took the early lead, 6-3, but Geneseo scored four points to take 7-6 edge. Neither team led by more than one until the Knights broke a 13-13 tie with a decisive 6-0 run that included four service aces by first-year outside hitter Alexandra Frank. Babson pulled back within two, 20-18, but the Knights won five of the final six points to seal the match.
- Cergol's .370 hitting percentage was her highest this season.
- Geneseo's nine services aces were a season-high, while Frank's five was the highest by a Knight this season.
MATCH 2: SPRINGFIELD 3, GENESEO 2
Cergol totaled career-highs of 29 kills and 27 digs but it was the Knights falling, 3-2 (25-16, 20-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-9) to Springfield.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Trailing, 4-3, Springfield used a 6-1 run to take control of the first set, 9-5. Back-to-back kills by Cergol got the Knights back within two, but the Pride responded with a 12-4 run en route to the opening win.
- Geneseo came out on top of a back-and-forth second set. The Knights opened an early 7-4 lead on a Frank kill, but Springfield bounced back to take a 12-11 lead. Geneseo re-took a 15-13 edge, but the Pride again responded with a 7-3 spurt to lead, 20-18. However, the Knights finished the set with a 7-0 run on the serve of first-year middle blocker Kiersten Colvin, including four kills by Cergol, to even the match, 1-1.
- In the third, Geneseo opened an early 7-4 lead before putting together an 8-2 run to turn a 13-11 edge into a 21-13 lead that proved insurmountable.
- Neither team led by more than two points in the fourth set until Springfield broke a 13-13 tie with a 5-1 spurt to build an 18-14 lead. The Knights made it a two-point score, trailing 20-18, but the Pride scored the final five points to force a fifth and deciding set.
- Springfield got out to a 6-3 lead before Geneseo battled back to within one, 8-7. The Pride strung together a 5-0 run to build a 13-7 lead that proved to be the difference.
- Cergol, who was named to the all-tournament team, has compiled double-digit totals in kills and digs in six of the Knights' seven matches this season.
- Frank notched her second career double-double, totaling 11 kills and 14 digs.
- Junior setter Emily Ast compiled 51 assists to go along with a career-best 22 digs.
Geneseo plays its first home match of the season, hosting Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday (Sept. 13) at 7:00 p.m. in Schrader Gymnasium.