CLEVELAND – SUNY Geneseo won two matches on Saturday to close the Case Western Reserve Tournament with a 3-0 record. The Knights (3-3) swept Washington & Jefferson, 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-14) before bouncing back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the host Spartans, 3-2 (12-25, 13-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-9).
Geneseo 3, Washington & Jefferson 0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-14)
- A kill by senior middle blocker Kat Vernon pushed Geneseo (3-3) to a 10-3 first-set lead. W&J battled back within three, 16-13, but the Knights used a 6-2 run, including a pair of kills by senior outside hitter Abby May, to re-build a 22-15 lead. The Presidents scored six-straight points to pull within one, 22-21, but three-straight attack errors gave Geneseo the opening victory.
- The Knights broke a 3-3 tie in the second with an 11-2 spurt, including three kills by sophomore middle blocker Maddie McLaughlin, to take a 14-5 edge that proved insurmountable.
- Geneseo led a tight third set, 13-11, before closing the match on a 12-3 run to clinch the victory.
Geneseo 3, Case Western 2 (12-25, 13-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-9)
- McLaughlin led the Knights with 16 kills while Cergol added 15 kills and 10 digs. May also hit double-digits with 11 kills.
- Thomas compiled a career-high 37 assists along with seven digs while first-year defensive specialist Emily Haber totaled 19 digs.
- Geneseo never recovered from a 15-5 deficit to drop the first set. The Knights took an early 5-4 lead in the second, but Case Western answered with a 9-3 run for a 13-8 lead and finished the set with a 12-5 advantage for a 2-0 lead.
- Tied, 7-7, in the third, Geneseo rode a 10-4 run, including three May kills, to earn a 17-11 advantage. Case Western pulled back within three on two occasions, including 24-21, but a McLaughlin kill clinched the Knights the win.
- A back-and-forth fourth set featured 13 ties as neither team led by more than two until late. Tied, 17-17, three Spartan attack errors and a Cergol service ace during a 4-1 spurt pushed Geneseo to a 21-18 lead. Case Western answered with two points, but the Knights scored four of the final six points to force a fifth set.
- An early 5-1 run that included a pair of May kills put Geneseo on top, 5-2, before a 4-2 run, anchored by a pair of McLaughlin kills, extended the lead, 9-4. A 4-0 Spartan run made it a one-point game, 9-8, but the Knights scored six of the final seven points to put the finishing touches on the comeback win.
- Cergol surpassed Jessi Laemlein '08 for second in program history with 1,283 career kills to date.
- Junior libero Sam Mendelsohn (1,406 digs) became the second player in program history with over 1,400 digs and sits exactly 150 behind all time leader Jess McKenna '10 (1,556).
Geneseo hosts Rochester on Tuesday (Sept. 10) at 6:00 p.m. in its first home match of the fall.