Women's Volleyball Splits Saturday Matches At RIT Invitaional

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's volleyball team split a pair of matches on the second day of action at the RIT Invitational. After earning a 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19) victory over the host Tigers, the Knights dropped a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20) decision to Nazareth. 

GENESEO 3, RIT 0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19)

  • Sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol led the way with 10 kills and 13 digs while sophomore libero Sam Mendelsohn was credited with 16 digs. 
  • Trailing, 16-14, in the first set, a kill by first-year outside hitter Gabrielle Ayzenberg capped a 6-1 run that put the Knights ahead, 20-17. Geneseo scored five of the final eight points to earn the opening win. 
  • The Knights opened the second set with a 10-2 lead before RIT scored five-unanswered points to pull within three. However, Geneseo pushed its lead back to nine points, 20-11, with a 10-4 run en route to the 13-point win. 
  • RIT took a 10-7 lead in the third, but the Knights used an 8-0 run capped by a service ace by junior setter Emily Ast, to take a 15-10 lead. The Tigers closed back within two, 15-13, but Geneseo responded with a 4-0 run to retake a six-point lead it would not relinquish. 

Nazareth 3, Geneseo 0 (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20) 

  • Cergol totaled a match-high 20 kills to go along with 14 digs while first-year outside hitter Alexandra Frank was credited with 11 kills and Mendelsohn added a team-high 18 digs in the setback. 
  • Tied, 9-9, in the first set, Nazareth scored an 11-2 run for a 20-11 lead en route to opening win. 
  • In the second, Geneseo made up an early three-point deficit to take a 17-15 lead, but the Golden Flyers put together a 7-0 to build a 22-17 edge. The Knights responded with a 6-2 run to pull within one, but Nazareth responded with the final point to close the set. 
  • Geneseo opened a 13-9 lead in the third that grew to as many as five, 21-16, to cut Nazareth's overall lead to 2-1. 
  • Nazareth took a 13-9 fourth-set lead, but the Knights scored four-straight points to even the score, 13-13. The Golden Flyers responded with a 6-1 run to build a 19-14 lead that proved insurmountable for Geneseo. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

Geneseo (17-8) will travel to Oneonta for the final State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Pool Play of the season on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 20-21). The Knights will square off with Fredonia on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before taking on the host the Red Dragons (2:30 p.m.) and Oswego (5:00 p.m.) on Saturday.