Cergol & Mendelsohn Highlights Five Knights Named All-SUNYAC

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior outside hitter Grace Cergol and senior defensive specialist Sam Mendelsohn were named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, to lead five Knights selected to the All-SUNYAC teams. Cergol and Mendelsohn were each first-team selections while senior opposite Abby May and sophomore outside Maddie McLaughlin were second team honorees and first-year setter Grace Thomas was named to the third team. 

Cergol overcame a serious lower-body injury during the 2018 SUNYAC Championship to earn her third-consecutive SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Year award, becoming the first women's volleyball player in conference history to win the award three times. Cergol led the conference in kills per set (3.41), total kills (375) and points per set (3.9) as the Knights rolled through the regular season with a perfect 9-0 mark against conference opponent for the second-consecutive year. She set the Geneseo program record for career kills, totalling 1,583 over her four-year career.

Mendelsohn earned her second Defensive Player of the Year award after being named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. Mendelsohn finished third in the conference with 556 digs and second with 5.05 digs per set. Earlier in the season, she set the Geneseo program record for career digs and finished with 1,868 in her four-year career.

May tallied a career-high 296 kills, good for seventh in the conference, and tallied a .221 hitting percentage as she recorded a career-best 2.90 points per set. 

McLaughlin finished the season with 185 kils and tallied 2.18 kills per set. She recorded a season-high 16 kills on a career-best .464 hitting percentage in a 3-2 win over Case Western Reserve (Sept. 7). 

Thomas finished her first-year campaign with 782 assists, good for fourth in the SUNYAC. She finished fifth in the conference with 7.67 assists per set and added 48 kills, 18 aces and seven blocks.