Women's Volleyball Advances Past Oneonta, 3-1, in SUNYAC Semifinals

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior outside hitter Grace Cergol totaled 16 kills and 13 digs to lead the top-seeded Knights to a 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-9, 25-23) victory over fourth-seeded Oneonta in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women's Volleyball Semifinals, Friday night, at Schrader Gymnasium. 

Geneseo (18-11) will host second-seeded Brockport on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the SUNYAC Championship game. The Golden Eagles advanced to the title match with a 3-1 (27-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20) victory over third-seeded Cortland in the day's other semifinal. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Knights fell behind early in the first set, but sophomore middle Allison Wick capped a 4-0 run with a solo block to tie the game, 10-10. However, Oneonta closed the set on a 15-11 run to earn opening victory.
  • Geneseo fell behind, 6-3, to start the second set, but rallied to take an 11-9 lead. Oneonta tied the score with two straight points, but the Knights responded with a 10-1 run capped by seven-consecutive points on the serve of senior outside hitter Abby May, to forge a 21-12 lead that proved decisive.
  • Tied, 3-3, early in the third set, Geneseo used a 12-2 surge (including three kills by sophomore outside hitter Maddie McLaughlin) to build a 15-5 lead. The Knights finished the set with a 10-4 run while attacking at a .524 clip to build a 2-1 lead.
  • Geneseo started the fourth set with a 6-1 lead, but Oneonta battled back within one, 11-10. The Knights pulled away with an 8-4 spurt for a 19-14 lead that grew to five, 21-16. Oneonta got back within two, 23-21, but a service error followed by an attack error sealed the Geneseo win.

MATCH NOTES

  • McLaughlin and May each finished the match with 10 kills apiece while May also contributed seven digs and four service aces.
  • First-year setter Grace Thomas totaled 33 assists and 10 digs.
  • Geneseo qualified for its second-consecutive and fifth overall SUNYAC Championship match appearance (2019, 2006, 2004, 1996). The Knights look to win their first conference title in program history.
  • The Knights also hosted the tournament semifinals and championship last fall, defeating Fredonia, 3-0, before falling to New Paltz, 3-0. Geneseo previously hosted the tournament in 1996 and 1998.