The women's volleyball team opened its season Sept. 2-3 at the New York University Invitational Tournament, finishing with a 3-1 record.
On Sept. 2, the Knights defeated Albion College (Michigan) in three sets, 25-17, 25-19 and 25-17. Sophomore Alex Wende tallied eight kills, while fellow sophomore Noelle Morrison dished out 21 assists. Freshman Sarah Dewey added six kills.
In the second match against NYU, the women fell in three sets, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-21. Senior Kat Strickland and Morrison paced the Knights with nine kills and 16 assists, respectively. Junior Laura Galvin and senior Alex Hughes combined for 25 digs.
On Sept. 3, the Knights secured the win against Rutgers-Newark University (New Jersey) in three sets, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-16. Sophomore Ronnie Guszcza led the team with 11 kills and two blocks. Freshman Julia Gangloff added 25 assists and two service aces, while Galvin tallied 16 digs.
In the final match of the tournament, the Knights beat SUNY Brockport in four sets, 25-15, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-22. Galvin, who earned a place on the All-Tournament team, contributed 32 digs and three service aces. Morrison added 34 assists, while freshman Jessica Prater and Strickland combined for 25 kills.
Head coach Jen Salmon was pleased by the team's performance throughout the first tournament, especially against NYU, who is ranked No. 21 in the nation. "I was really happy how we played against a nationally-ranked team," Salmon said. "We challenged them to go out of their system."
Salmon said she was also impressed by her well-rounded group of athletes, because instead of relying on a single player, Salmon is looking to each for consistent play. "We have way more depth than in previous years. We have a lot more leadership … I expect a lot of people to see the court and have a lot of roles within the season."
Salmon pointed out that this also includes the first-year trio of Dewey, Gangloff and Prater. "They already have roles on the court. They bring great personality, great energy and great work ethic. They're a great addition to the program," Salmon said.
Looking to the future, Salmon said she hopes the team will qualify for the SUNYAC championships, and ultimately appear in the finals and compete for the title. "I'm excited to see how much we have to improve on, and how we can be an even better team," she said.
Geneseo's home opener is scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 14 against the University of Rochester.u
On Wednesday Sept. 7 the Knights fell in straight sets to Nazareth College, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20. Geneseo is now 3-2 on the season and travels to the Ithaca Invitational Sept. 9 - 10.