Women's Volleyball Earns 3-2 Comeback Win over Potsdam

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled 18 kills, 10 digs and six service aces while senior outside hitter Abby May added 16 kills and 11 digs to lead the Knights to a 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-7) comeback victory over visiting Potsdam in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women's volleyball, Friday. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • A close first set saw the Bears (6-9, 1-1 SUNYAC) use a 6-1 run to build a 22-18 lead that proved decisive. 
  • Geneseo (7-7, 2-0 SUNYAC) jumped out to a 15-8 second-set lead, but Potsdam answered with a 9-1 run to take a 17-16 lead. The Knights re-tied the game, 17-17, but the visitors used a 5-2 burst to build a 22-19 and scored three of the final four points to build a 2-0 lead. 
  • Geneseo opened the third set with a 13-5 lead it would push to as many as 11 at 21-10. The Bears scored eight of the next 10 points to draw within five, 23-18, but the Knights closed the set with kills by Cergol and junior middle blocker Kiersten Colvin to stay alive. 
  • The Knights opened an 11-3 four-set lead, but Potsdam battled back within one, 11-10. Clinging to a 16-15 lead, a decisive 6-0 run including two Cergol kills, pushed Geneseo to a 22-15 lead it would not relinquish. 
  • In the fifth, six straight points, including a pair of kills by May, yielded a 9-3 Geneseo lead that later ballooned to eight, 13-5, as the Knights closed the win. 

MATCH NOTES 

  • May notched her third-consecutive outing with double-digit kills, following up a 15-kill showing in last Saturday's 3-2 win opposite Rowan. 
  • Sophomore outside hitter Maddie McLaughlin and Colvin ended the match with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. 
  • Senior libero Sam Mendelsohn compiled 16 digs to move within three of the all-time program record currently held by Jess McKenna '10 at 1,556. 
  • Geneseo finished the match with a season-high 16 service aces led by Cergol and Colvin (3). 

WHAT'S NEXT 

Geneseo continues SUNYAC play hosting Plattsburgh on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 1:00 p.m.