GENESEO, N.Y. - Four SUNY Geneseo student-athletes earned weekly honors from the State University of New York Athletic Conference on Monday. Women's cross country sophomore Carissa DiTullio was named SUNYAC Runner of the Week while women's volleyball juniors Sam Mendelsohn and Grace Cergol were named SUNYAC Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week, respectively, and women's soccer senior Rachel Walsh was tabbed SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Week.
DiTullio finished second out of 106 runners to lead Geneseo to first out of 12 teams at the Houghton Highland Invitational, Saturday. She covered the six-kilometer course in 24:48.4 to pace five Knights in the top-15.
Mendelsohn anchored the Knights to three SUNYAC Pool Play victories last week. She started with 21 digs and added two service aces as the Knights limited two-time defending conference champion Brockport to a -.008 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep, Friday. She then added 13 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Cortland and 11 digs and three service aces in a 3-0 win over host Buffalo State on Saturday.
Cergol averaged a double-double in kills and digs to lead the Knights to a 4-0 week, including a three-match sweep in SUNYAC Pool Play. She started with 16 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 win over visiting Alfred on Tuesday. Cergol then notched 14 kills and nine digs along with three blocks as Geneseo swept two-time defending SUNYAC Champion Brockport on Friday. She wrapped up the weekend with 11 kills and eight digs in a sweep of Cortland before adding 15 kills and 14 digs in a victory over host Buffalo State on Saturday. She currently leads the SUNYAC with 259 kills and 4.18 kills/set.
Walsh and the Geneseo defense produced a pair of shutouts against conference opponents this weekend. Against Oneonta, Walsh anchored a defensive unit that limited the Red Dragons to just one shot on goal. She also buried the game-winning goal on a first half penalty kick as the Knights earned a 1-0 win. Against New Paltz, Walsh and the defense allowed just three shots (two on goal) to earn their ninth shutout of the season. Geneseo has shut out seven consecutive opponents and has not allowed a goal in 665 minutes of game time, dating back to September 12.