Mendelsohn's Career-High 30 Digs Lead Knights Past Cortland, 3-1

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore libero Sam Mendelsohn tallied a career-high 30 digs as the Knights opened State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Pool Play with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-12, 25-22) victory over Cortland on Friday evening at Schrader Gymnasium. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After dropping the first set, the Knights bounced back in the second. Building a 13-9 lead and never trailed from that point, leading by as many as seven points, 19-12, to even the match, 1-1.
  • The Knights opened the third set with a 7-1 run and jumped out to a 15-5 lead on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol. before closing the set with a 10-2.
  • In the fourth, the Knights fell behind, 5-1, but regained an 8-7 lead after back-to-back kills from Cergol capped a 7-2 run. Two kills from Lougen and another from first-year Alexandra Frank marked an 8-3 run, putting the Knights ahead 19-14. Cortland pushed back, tying the set, 21-21, but the Knights won four of the final five points to close the victory.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Knights (15-5, 4-0 SUNYAC) held Cortland (7-11, 1-3 SUNYAC) to a .087 hitting percentage for the match, including a -.029 hitting percentage in the third set. 
  • May earned 14 kills on 31 swings while committing just four errors for a .323 hitting percentage. 
  • Cergol recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 10 digs.
  • Mendelsohn's career-high 30 digs marked the sixth time this season the sophomore recorded 20 or more digs in a match. She moves into 16th in Geneseo history with 789 career digs. 

WHAT'S NEXT

Geneseo resumes pool play on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. with a match against SUNYAC rival Brockport, followed by a tilt against Buffalo State at 5:00 p.m.