CORTLAND, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled 21 kills and 13 digs to lead the Knights to a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-13, 25-16) victory at Cortland in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women's volleyball, Friday.
The Knights (15-9, 8-0 SUNYAC) clinched the top seed for the SUNYAC Tournament and will host the semifinals and championship matches for the second-straight season and for only the fourth time in the 49-year history of the program. The tournament semifinals are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8 before the championship on Saturday, Nov. 9.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tied, 5-5, in the first set, a kill by senior outside hitter Abby May completed an 8-4 spurt to push the Knights to a 13-9 lead. Cortland tied the score with four straight points, but Geneseo re-took a three-point edge, 18-15. The Red Dragons came back to tie the score, 20-20, but the Knights scored five of the final six points to close the first-set win.
- Geneseo opened 14-10 lead in the second, but Cortland bounced back to turn an 18-15 deficit into a 21-18 lead that it would not relinquish to tie the match, 1-1.
- In the third, the Knights broke an early 3-3 tie with a 5-1 run for an 8-4 edge. Cortland pulled back within two, 9-7, but a 10-2 Geneseo surge pushed the visitors to a 10-point lead, 19-9, that proved decisive.
- The Knights took an 11-3 lead to open the fourth set and led by as many as 11 down the stretch to put the match away.
- Cergol only committed three attack errors on 54 swings to finish the match with a .333 hitting percentage. She also became only the second Knight in program history to surpass 1,500 kills with 1,505 over the last four years.
- May finished with 14 kills to surpass Stephanie Wales '99 for 13th on the program's all-time kills list with 887 to date.
- Five Knights reached double-figures in digs, including senior libero Sam Mendelsohn with a match-high 23.
- First-year setter Grace Thomas finished the night with 41 assists and 21 digs.
Geneseo head to Oswego on Saturday (Oct. 26) for a 1:00 p.m. match. The Knights would complete a second-straight unbeaten SUNYAC regular season with a victory.