GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled 14 kills and 11 digs while sophomore libero Sam Mendelsohn added 24 digs to lead the third-seeded Knights past sixth-seeded Cortland, 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-16) in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Quarterfinal action, at Schrader Gymnasium, Tuesday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Geneseo opened a 13-5 lead in the first set, capped by back-to-back Cergol kills. The Knights increased their lead, 23-14, before the Red Dragons scored five-unanswered points to pull within four. However, a service ace by first-year middle hitter Kiersten Colvin kill followed by a Cergol kill closed the Geneseo win.
- The Knights opened a seven-point lead, 11-4, in the second set before pushing it to a 17-6 edge after a 6-0 Geneseo run that featured three kills by Cergol. Cortland closed within seven, 20-13, but Geneseo notched five of the final seven points to close the set.
- Cortland broke a 6-6 third-set tie with a 5-1 run take an 11-7 lead. Trailing, 14-11, Geneseo closed the set with a 14-2 run to seal the sweep.
- The Red Dragons were held to a .017 attack percentage and 20 total kills for their second lowest marks of the season in both categories.
- The Knights' victory was their first over Cortland in 11 all-time meetings in the SUNYAC Tournament.
- Mendelsohn moved up to 11th in the Geneseo record book with 986 career digs, only needing 14 more to become the 11th Knight to eclipse the 1,000 plateau and first since Laura Galvin '13 finished her career second on the list with 1,345.
- Cergol finished the evening with her 892nd kill to move into 12th place on the Geneseo career list while only sitting eight short of becoming the 12th Knight in program history with at least 900 kills.
The Knights moves on to their second-consecutive appearance in the SUNYAC Tournament Semifinals where they will square off with second-seeded Fredonia on Friday (Nov. 3) at 4:00 p.m. Top-seeded and host Brockport will take on New Paltz (which defeated Oneonta, 3-1, in today's other quarterfinal) in the second semifinal at 7:00 p.m. with the two winners facing off for the championship on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.