Women’s Volleyball Finishes 1-1 On Second Day Of SUNYAC Pool Play

GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's volleyball team went 1-1 on the second day of State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Pool Play action. The Knights came up short to Brockport, 3-2 (23-25, 25-10, 23-25, 26-24, 15-11), before rebounding for a 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 25-12) victory over Buffalo State, Saturday. 

Coupled with a 3-1 victory over Cortland on Friday, Geneseo (16-6, 5-1 SUNYAC) moved into sole possession of second place in the current SUNYAC standing with three conference matches remaining. 

BROCKPORT 3, GENESEO, 2 (23-25, 25-10, 23-25, 26-24, 15-11) 

  • Geneseo sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled a career-high 30 kills to go along with 14 digs while junior setter Emily Ast was credited with 44 assists and 20 digs opposite. Sophomore libero Sam Mendelsohn also added 24 digs.
  • Brockport moved out to a 13-6 lead in the first set, but scored five-straight points to pull within two. Trailing 19-17, three straight kills by Cergol started a 6-1 Knights run for a 23-20 edge en route to the two-point win.
  • In the second set, Brockport leapt out to a 14-1 lead that grew to 15 as the Golden Eagles evened the match.
  • Neither team led by more than two points in a tight third set. Trailing, 20-18, Geneseo used a 5-1 spurt capped by a kill by first-year middle blocker Bridget Lougen, to take a 23-21 edge before sophomore outside hitter Abby May notched the final kill four points later to stake the Knights to a 2-1 edge.
  • In the fourth set, Geneseo recovered from an early deficit with a 6-0 run to take an 11-8 lead. The Knights later broke a 13-13 tie with a 5-1 run for an 18-14 edge, but saw a 23-20 lead slip away as Brockport scored five of the final six points to force a deciding fifth set.
  • Trailing, 8-6, Geneseo pulled ahead with a 5-2 run, but the visitors scored the final five points to seal the match. 

GENESEO 3, BUFFALO STATE 1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 25-12) 

  • Cergol compiled 16 kills and tied Mendelsohn with a match-high 21 digs to lead Geneseo. 
  • Neither team led by more than two points in a close first set. Geneseo forged a 23-21 lead with three-straight points before first-year middle blocker Kiersten Colvin scored the set-winning kill to give the Knights the early lead. 
  • Buffalo State made up an early three-point deficit to take a 15-14 lead before Geneseo re-took a 17-15 edge. However, the Bengals out-scored the Knights, 10-2, including seven-unanswered to close the set and even the match. 
  • Geneseo took control of a close third set with a 4-1 run to lead, 12-9. Holding a 15-13 edge, Geneseo forged a 19-14 lead that grew to six before en route to the win. 
  • The Knights closed the night in the fourth set, opening a 12-2 lead that proved to be too much for the Bengals to come back from as Geneseo led by as many as 13 to close clinch the win. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

Geneseo will play three matches at the RIT Invitational, taking Vassar on Friday (Oct. 13) at 7:00 p.m. before facing the host Tigers (10:00 a.m.) and Nazareth (2:00 p.m) on Saturday (Oct. 14).