GENESEO, N.Y. - Four SUNY Geneseo student-athletes earned State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Athlete of the Week awards for their performances this past week. Women's volleyball junior Grace Cergol was named SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Week, men's cross country junior Jack Tate was selected as SUNYAC Runner of the Week, women's soccer senior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski earned SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Week while field hockey junior Julia Kim was tabbed SUNYAC Defensive Player of the week.
Cergol became the first player in Geneseo history to compile 1,000 career kills and digs while leading the Knights to a 3-0 record in SUNYAC Pool Play. She totaled 13 kills and a .346 hitting percentage along with eight digs (including her 1,000th) in the team's 3-0 sweep of host Potsdam on Friday. She then compiled 17 kills and .395 hitting percentage with nine digs in a 3-0 sweep of Oswego and then a match-high 19 kills in the Knights' 3-2 win over Oneonta on Saturday. She currently leads the SUNYAC with 203 kills and 4.14 kills per set and also ranks 10th with 3.18 digs per set.
Tate finished first out of 233 runners to lead Geneseo to second place at the Harry F. Anderson Invitational, Saturday, in Rochester. He covered the eight-kilometer course in a time of 25:25.6 to best the field by nearly 37 seconds. Geneseo finished one point shy of Division II Roberts Wesleyan while finishing ahead of Cortland, Fredonia, Brockport and Buffalo State in the 21-team competition.
Janiszewski kicked off the Knights' conference schedule with a pair of shutout victories, increasing her season total to five clean sheets. Janiszewski made three saves in a 2-0 win against Potsdam, and followed up with a four-save shutout performance in a 1-0 victory over Plattsburgh. The Buffalo native has allowed just one goal in six games this season, posting a .938 save percentage and a 0.17 goals against average.
Kim anchored a Geneseo defense that only allowed two goals in a pair of victories last week. The Knights didn't allow a penalty corner in Tuesday's 5-2 win at Keuka or in Saturday's 10-0 victory at Morrisville to open SUNYAC play. Kim also tallied a goal in both contests, including the opening tally of Tuesday's win.