PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled 15 kills and 14 digs to lead the Knights to a 3-2 (25-27, 25-19, 25-13, 23-25, 15-7) victory over New Paltz in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women's Volleyball Pool Play action, hosted by Plattsburgh, Friday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo led a tight first set by no more than three points until opening an 18-14 edge on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Abby May. The Knights' lead grew to five, 20-15, but the Hawks responded to knot the score, 22-22. Tied 25-25, New Paltz notched two final points to earn the opening victory.
- Geneseo turned a 7-1 second-set lead into a 15-7 edge that grew to as many as nine, 19-10. New Paltz came back to within four, 23-19, but a Hawk attack error followed by a Cergol kill sealed the set.
- In the third, Geneseo used an 8-1 run to turn a 9-7 lead into a 17-8 edge before out-scoring the Hawks, 8-5, to close out the set.
- In the fourth, Geneseo fell behind, 11-6, but bounced back to take a 13-12 lead. Clinging to a 22-21 lead, the Knights saw New Paltz score four of the final five points to force a fifth set.
- Geneseo opened a 5-1 lead on a kill by first-year outside hitter Alexandra Frank before pushing it to an 11-3 lead to take en route to the deciding victory.
- First-year middle blocker Bridget Lougen finished the match with a career-high 14 kills on 25 swings with only three hitting errors (.440 hitting percentage) to go along with five blocks.
- Frank was credited with a match-high 20 digs for her third 20-plus dig performance of the season.
- Junior setter Emily Ast totaled 45 assists for her sixth match of 40-plus assists of the season.
- May finished with 10 kills and 12 digs for her second-straight double-double.
Geneseo continues SUNYAC Pool Play on Saturday (Sept. 23) at Plattsburgh, taking on the host Cardinals at 12:00 p.m. before facing Potsdam at 2:30 p.m.