GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled 15 kills and 15 digs while sophomore libero Sam Mendelsohn was credited with a match-high 21 digs, but it was visiting Scranton earning the 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21) victory, Tuesday evening, at Schrader Gymnasium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In the first set, Scranton (33-3) broke a 7-7 tie with a 13-5 run to build a 20-12 advantage that proved too much for the Knights to recover from.
- The second set saw the Royals jump out to a 7-3 lead, but a 6-3 spurt pulled the Knights within one, 10-9. Scranton scored six of the next eight points to re-build a five-point lead, 16-11, but Geneseo pulled back within one, 19-18. The visitors scored six of the final eight points to clinch a 2-0 lead.
- Geneseo grabbed an early third-set lead, 9-5, and maintained no less than a three-point edge the rest of the way en route to the six-point margin of victory.
- Scranton opened the fourth set with a 10-3 edge and led, 12-5, but the Knights put together an 11-1 run to forge a 16-13 lead. However, the Royals answered with a 9-2 run of their own to take a 22-18 lead en route to the deciding victory.
- Cergol notched her 434th kill of the season, surpassing the 421 she compiled during her first-year campaign for the fifth-highest single season total in program history. She also moved up to 13th with 855 career kills and 15th with 808 career digs, becoming only the fourth Knight to break 800 in both categories.
- Mendelsohn became only the fourth player in program history to break the 500-dig plateau for a single season, totaling 503 so far this fall. She also moved into 13th place on the career list with 951 to date.
- First-year outside hitter Gabrielle Ayzenberg finished a kill short of her second-career double-double, totaling nine kills and 13 digs.
Geneseo closes the regular season with three matches at the Houghton Invitational, taking on Canton this Friday (Oct. 27) at 5:00 p.m. and Allegheny (12:00 p.m.) and Keuka (2:00 p.m.) on Saturday (Oct. 28).