POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo swept Western Connecticut, 3-0, before falling to host Vassar, 3-0, to finish 2-1 over two days of quad-meet action.
Geneseo (13-5) had its 10-match winning-streak snapped, tying the 1998 squad for the second-longest unbeaten run in program history. Only the 1995 Knights, which won 17-straight matches, won more.
GENESEO 3, WESTERN CONNECTICUT 0 (25-9, 25-20, 26-24)
- Sophomore outside hitter Abby May totaled 11 kills and a .346 hitting percentage while sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled nine kills on 11 swings with only one error for a .727 hitting percentage to lead the Knights attack.
- Leading, 9-4, in the first set, Geneseo scored 12-straight points, including three kills by first-year middle blocker Kiersten Colvin, to take a 21-4 lead en route to the opening win.
- The second set saw Western Connecticut come back from an early 11-7 deficit with a 6-0 run to lead, 13-11. Geneseo trailed, 16-14, but a 7-1 run highlighted by a pair of Cergol kills and two service aces by sophomore libero Sam Mendelsohn pushed the Knights back into the lead for good.
- Geneseo led, 9-6, in the third, but the Colonials came back to take a 16-13 lead. The Knights once again battled back to take a slim 20-19 before the teams saw the score tied four times, including 24-24 after a May kill to fend off a Western Conn. set point. May then logged a kill before a Colonial attack error sealed the Knights' victory.
VASSAR 3, GENESEO 0 (29-27, 25-15, 25-18)
- Cergol totaled 16 kills and 14 digs while Mendelsohn and May were credited with 19 and 18 digs, respectively, in the loss.
- Geneseo led, 8-4, in the first, but a back-and-forth set saw the teams battle through 15 ties. The Knights held a 20-17 lead and a 22-20 edge, but it was the Brewers eventually breaking a 27-27 tie with a pair of kills to earn the opening win.
- Vassar never trailed in the second, turning an early 5-1 lead into an 18-10 edge the proved to be too much for the Knights to make up.
- The home team put the match away in the third. Vassar led 12-6, but the Knights bounced back to knot the score, 13-13. However, the Brewers forged a 21-16 advantage en route to the shutout victory.
Geneseo will travel to Houghton on Wednesday (Oct. 4) for a 7:00 p.m. match before hosting a six-team State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Pool Play in Schrader Gymnasium next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7.