GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo women's volleyball team will take on Fredonia in the semifinals of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament, Friday afternoon.
Seeded third for the tournament, the Knights advanced past sixth-seeded Cortland, 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-16) at home on Tuesday's quarterfinal match to earn a berth in the SUNYAC Semifinals for the second-consecutive season.
Geneseo (23-10) will face the second-seeded Blue Devils (21-9) at 4:00 p.m. in a match hosted by top-seeded and two-time defending champion Brockport. The Golden Eagles will square off with fourth-seeded New Paltz at 7:00 p.m. in today's other semifinal with the two winners advancing to Saturday's championship match at 5:00 p.m.
ABOUT THE SUNYAC TOURNAMENT
Geneseo qualified for its second-consecutive conference tournament after compiling a 7-2 SUNYAC mark to clinch the third seed and its first postseason home match since 1998. The Knights also advanced to the semifinals in 2016 with a 3-0 quarterfinal sweep at Fredonia before falling to Brockport, 3-1 (25-7, 25-15, 26-28, 27-25), to close their first postseason appearance since 2011.
Geneseo is making its 12th appearance in the SUNYAC Tournament semifinals and has advanced to the championship match on three occasions. A win over Fredonia would mark the team's first finals appearance since defeating New Paltz, 3-0, in the 2006 semis. The Knights also advanced to the 2004 title match following a 3-2 win over Brockport, while their first championship match showing came in 1998 following a 3-0 sweep of New Paltz. Geneseo is 0-3 in the SUNYAC title game, falling all three times to Cortland.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS
Sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol was credited with 14 kills and 11 digs in Tuesday's win over Cortland. Entering the weekend ranked 10th nationally and first in the SUNYAC with 4.32 kills per set, she moved into 12th place on the Geneseo career list with 892 kills and is eight short of becoming only the 12th Knight to compile 900.
Earlier this season she also became only the fourth player in program history to compile over 800 career kills and 800 digs, while her 471 kills in 2017 are currently tied for the third-highest single-season total in program history.
Junior setter Emily Ast is currently ranked 39th in Division III and second in the conference with 9.87 assists per set while her 1,096 assists this season not only rank 13th nationally but are also the eighth-highest single-season total in the Geneseo record books. She moved into second place on the Knights' career assist list earlier this season with 2,713 to date.
Sophomore Sam Mendelsohn leads the SUNYAC with 4.85 digs per set and became only the fourth player in program history to compile 500 digs in a single season with 538 entering tonight's match. Compiling 24 digs in Tuesday's victory over Cortland, she is 14 digs short of the 1,000 career dig plateau.
Fredonia defeated Geneseo, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-21), in their regular season meeting during Pool Play (Oct. 20) to take a 52-51 lead in the all-time series between the two teams. Friday's match will only mark the second time the teams have met in the postseason.