-Score: SUNY Geneseo 3, Clark University 1
-Records: Clark (9-10), Geneseo (16-6)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: The Clark University volleyball team battled to the very end in a 3-1 setback with the Knights of SUNY Geneseo on Friday evening. The Knights took set one 25-15 before the Cougars took set two 25-19. The visitors went on to take the last two sets by scores of 25-13 and 25-17.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-After Geneseo took an early 6-2 lead in the first set, Clark came back with a 4-0 run that included a kill and a service ace from first year Margarita Perez-Maza (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) to tie the game at 6-6. The Knights regained a four point lead capped off on a kill from senior Emily Ast (Lancaster, N.Y.) (10-6). The Cougars came back within one on a kill from junior Corina Picon (Irvington, N.Y.), but that was as close as they would come as the visitors took a 20-10 lead on a 7-0 run that included three kills from senior Abby May (Baldwinsville, N.Y.). The Knights went on to take the 25-15 set victory.
-The two teams swapped the first two points of the second set before Clark took the early lead and never lost it. After taking a 10-point lead (22-12), the Knights came charging back and came within four (19-23). The Cougars stopped them there and a kill from Ana Patricia Mercado (Guayanabo, Puerto Rico) and an error on the visitors gave the hosts the 25-19 set victory to tie the match at 1-1.
-After Geneseo took a 12-0 lead to start the third set, Clark broke the run with two kills from Mercado. A 5-0 run highlighted by two kills from Perez-Maza and an ace from Mercado forced the visitors to call a timeout as the Cougars trailed by five (14-9). The Knights capped off the set on an 8-2 run including three kills from May to take the 25-13 victory (2-1).
-Four kills from junior Grace Cergol (East Northport, N.Y.), a kill from May, and two service aces from sophomore Alexandra Frank (Syracuse, N.Y.) gave the visitors an early 9-4 lead in the fourth set. After trailing by as much as nine, a 6-0 run from the Cougars brought them back within three. Freshman Lily Meadows (Bradenton, Fla.) served up two aces in the run. The Knights regained an eight point lead on kills from May and Cergol and another ace from Frank (22-14). The visitors finished off the match with a kill from first year Maddie McLaughlin (East Aurora, N.Y.) for the 25-17 set victory and 3-1 match victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Picon led the Cougars with 13 kills followed by Mercado with 11 kills and a service ace. Meadows added a team high three aces and 13 digs. Senior Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) dished out 29 assists for the hosts.
-Cergol led all players with 20 kills for the Knights while May chipped in with 15. Frank posted a game high 17 digs while Ast handed out a game leading 47 assists. Gabrielle Ayzenberg (Long Beach, N.Y.), Cergol, and Frank all added three aces in the victory.
-Clark travels across town to Worcester State tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th for a trimatch. They take on the Rams of Framingham State University at 2:00 p.m. and then will play the Lancers at 4:00 p.m.
-Geneseo will also play in a trimatch tomorrow at Wellesley College. They take on the Blue at 9:00 a.m. before facing the Panthers of Plymouth State at 11:00 a.m.