Senior Letter Series: Gabby Ayzenberg ’21

This letter is dedicated to all of my teammates over the past 4 years,

Mary, Kierst, Alex, and Allison somehow we made it to our last “season.” I know this last season was not the dream we had, but it was definitely a memorable one. Through the rollercoaster of emotions we were always there for eachother and it pushed us to have an unforgettable senior year. In the past 4 years I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many amazing people in Schrader Gym. Thank you Geneseo Volleyball for introducing me to the greatest people and for the lifelong impact each person has had on me.Thank you all for your friendship, advice, love, and constant support. 

First I would like to thank the one and only Emily Ast. You are the most loving and caring person I know. From my 12 years of playing competitive volleyball, you were the best captain I have ever had the honor of playing with. You knew exactly when to push the team or the moment when we needed a hug. The love you have for volleyball is admirable. The fact that your name is still brought up in almost every single practice is just one piece of evidence of how much you have impacted this program. I strive to be as down to earth as you are, thank you again for being one of the best role models. I miss you!

Next I want to thank Grace, Sam, Abby, Kat, and Shea.

Thank you for your constant energy and craziness. You guys always know how to make the team or any room you walk into laugh. You guys are by far the weirdest people I know, but a good weird. You all made everyone on the team comfortable the minute we walked into the locker room. Thank you for pushing this team to a new level. Coming in as a freshman you pushed our whole class to a new level. You were always the ones dancing and singing on the bus and then could flip a switch to being the most competitive people on the court- that’s what made you guys so unique. The countless memories we have made together I will cherish forever.

To my fellow seniors, Mary, Kierst, Alex, Allison, Erina, Bridget, and Moose. 

You guys have been my rock since Day One. Meeting all of you is my favorite part of this team. We all know how to make each other laugh, even on the court. You guys are some of the most hard working and caring people I know both on and off the court. The memories we have made since freshman year have been unforgettable and you guys will always be a part of my life. All of our movie nights squeezed into one daga room, the countless group walks and pictures, the bus rides, and the group dinners are some of my favorite memories. I am so proud of all of us for embracing this weird senior year we are having but we are making the most of it. Thank you guys for being my best friends for these past 4 years. Little shoutout to my roommates for basically the past 4 years. I do not know what I am going to do without our late night talks and wegmans runs together, thank you all for being you. I am excited for the rest of the year and to see where life takes all of us. Although we only have one year left together at Geneseo, we have many many more to come. 

Next are my juniors, MK, Morgan, Babs and Maddie. 

You guys are the most unique group of teammates I ever had. Thank you guys for fully embracing the Geneseo Volleyball team culture and speaking up from the start. Thank you for the wisdom and love for the game. All of you go into practice every day knowing you will have a good time no matter what drills we do. It has been so fun to watch you guys lead this year and really embrace the role of being upperclassmen. Thank you all for making me remember why I love to play volleyball. Thank you for everything you do for this team and always coming up with fun things to do over zoom. I can’t wait to watch you guys win a SUNYAC chip next year. 

The sophomores, Imbo, Haber, Jackie, and Grace Thomas. 

When you guys came in as freshman we knew from the start all of you were going to be a huge part of this program. It has been so fun to watch you all grow over this past year. You bring a confidence and a sense of calmness to the court that is very much appreciated. You guys are some of the most hard working people I know and always strive to be the best both on the court and off the court. I thank you guys for embracing me as a player and getting my sense of competitiveness. All of you have stepped into some big roles this year and are fully embracing them. I know the future is bright for all of you, I can’t wait to see what you all will accomplish.

Last but not least my freshmen Maddy, Julia, Linda, Cecil, Tori and Shannon. 

Thank you for always making me smile every time I see you. I am so proud of all of you for embracing this obscure freshman year and weird season.  All of you are exactly what this program needs and came in knowing exactly what we are all about. Thank you guys for jumping right into our craziness and weirdness. I know everyone is going to do great things for this program because you all have that competitive drive but also play because you love it. I wish I could have the opportunity to compete with each of you in a regular season but I am excited to watch and hear all about it. Thank you for making my last season unforgettable. I can not wait to watch this program grow. I love you all!

Thank you to everyone who I have shared the court with at Geneseo. You people are the most incredible, loving, funny, and hard working group of people I know. 

Love, 

Gab

Meet the Seniors: DS/L Gabby Ayzenberg ’21

Getting to Know You


Name: Gabrielle Eve Ayzenberg

Nickname(s): Gabby, Gab, Gibs

Major(s)/Minor(s): Communication major and legal studies minor

Hometown: Long Beach, Long Island

Family members (parents + siblings): Karina (mom), Alex (dad), Josh (brother 24), Duke (dog 8)

Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (if any & where):
Josh played D1 volleyball at Sacred Heart and now plays professionally in Israel


Hobbies/Interests:
Going to the beach, music, reading, animals, hiking, spinning


A few of your favorites things…
Color: Green
Movie: The Sandlot
TV show: Schitts Creek
Karaoke song: Halo
Musician/artist/band: Quinn XCII
Place in the world: TBD
Volleyball drill: Bingo, Bango, Bongo


Tell us about…
A quote that motivates/inspires you: Not a big quotes person

The greatest gift you’ve ever received: Customized ring from Israel

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Go to Thailand and play with elephants

Your post-college/career plans: Hopefully get a job in sports communication or start my own business of some
sorts. Been interested lately in creating my own bathing suit line.

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: Ostrich

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: TBD

Where you hope to be in 10 years: Working for a sports communication company or have my own bathing suit line and have a family


Questions about your time at Geneseo…

Are you involved in any organizations/clubs on campus?
I am the president of SAAC here at Geneseo and I am a student athlete mentor.

What made you choose to attend Geneseo?
Great campus and great academics. Everyone was so friendly and the team seemed so welcoming.

What are a few of your favorite things about Geneseo? The people everyone is so friendly, as well as the town is so cute. My favorite thing of all is the sunsets we get here.

Your favorite memory of GSUVB is….
The weekend we went 9-0 at home. Especially the New Paltz game I still get chills.


A few more fun questions!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Time travel

Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life? Gal Gadot

If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you’d introduce? Disposable chap sticks for free everywhere

Senior Letter Series: Allison Wick ’21

To all those who have been a part of my journey as a member of the Geneseo volleyball program…To start, I would like to thank all those who have been a part of my 4 years at SUNY Geneseo. You have made it an unforgettable experience. 

I am not one for emotional letters (or for spelling and grammar) but, I will do my best to explain how much I loved and appreciated my time at SUNY Geneseo. While my last year being a part of this program has been unconventional, that does not take away from my love of being a part of this program.

In the past three years, this program has accomplished a lot such as going 9-0 in the SUNYAC regular season not once but twice, hosting the SUNYAC championship in our home gym twice, and even beating a team ranked in the top 25.

While I love to brag about the accomplishment our team has achieved on the court, my favorite memories will always be with my teammates off the court. 

Win or Lose GSUVB knows how to have fun. Some of my favorite memories included singing True Friend on the bus ride home my freshman year. It was a hard loss and you can tell everyone was upset on the bus ride home but, we turned on the speaker and started blasting Hannah Montana. The mood changed from the post-game disappointment to a sense of love and appreciation for each other. Another one of my favorites is pregame bowling. Before every game, in my junior year, the entire team would bowl. It was my favorite part of game day. It always reminded me that playing volleyball was supposed to be fun and take away some of my pregame nerves. 

While I can make an endless list of memories I have from the past three years I will leave you with this, GSUVB isn’t just a team but a family. When I walked in my freshman year I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As I end my senior season I leave with some amazing friends and some great stories. 

Meet the Seniors: MB Allison Wick ’21

Getting to Know You

Name:   Allison   Renee   Wick

Major(s)/Minor(s): business administration, legal studies minor 

Hometown: Pendelton NY

Family members (parents + siblings): 

Mom: Andrea Wick 

Brothers: Cody wick 24, DJ wick 18

Sisters: Kaitlyn wick 23

Hobbies/Interests:  Sleeping, cooking, working out 

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A few of your favorites things…
Color:  red

Movie: any real crime doc 

TV show: criminal minds

Place in the world: Mexico 

Volleyball drill: queens 

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Tell us about…

A quote that motivates/inspires you: “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” – Mary Lou Retton

The greatest gift you’ve ever received: Life 

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Visit Italy 

Your post-college/career plans: Get a job in financial crime 

Where you hope to be in 10 years: Enjoying life 

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Questions about your time at Geneseo…

What made you choose to attend Geneseo? The good academics and the sense of community 

What are a few of your favorite things about Geneseo? The sunsets and the vibe

Your favorite memory of GSUVB is…. Bus Rides after a winning sunyac weekend 

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A few more fun questions! 

If you were stuck on a deserted island, name 3 things/people you’d have to have with you to survive: Coffee, Dino nuggets and matches

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Teleportation 

Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?  Taylor Swift 

Senior Letter Series: Kiersten Colvin ’21

It is hard to imagine an identity that doesn’t include ‘student-athlete’. I’ve always had a team of people by my side, a sport to compete in, and high expectations. I spent my time preoccupied with winning games, improving skills, and making other people happy. I was incessantly pushed physically and mentally in and out of the gym. And like many other athletes, this was my identity, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 

Through the ups and downs of high-level volleyball, the most important part of my ‘student-athlete’ identity was my teammates. No matter what was going on in my life, I always had my teammates to rely on for anything. Being a member of Geneseo Volleyball gave me built-in best friends. So I would like to dedicate this letter to those who have given me the best 4 years of my life (3.25 actually but who’s counting….).

First, I would like to start with those who came before me: Sam, Grace, Kat, Abby May, Shea, and Emily. I felt the need to group you all together because you all defined GSUVB to me. Coming in freshman year, I was nervous as heck being a walk-on. Of course that nervousness went down quickly with how welcoming you all were. Sam, you were such a caring captain for 3 years. You took your job seriously and always made me laugh off the court. Grace, everyone may know you for being an extremely talented volleyball player, but I will definitely remember you as one of the most fun teammates I had. I loved playing next to you, hanging out and getting ~weird~. Kat, your personality always lit up a room. I could always count on you for a laugh, a vent session, or a really deep spiritual talk. Abby May, you were always the hardest worker on and off the court. I already miss your duck calls and Justin Bieber karaoke. Shea, you are the friendliest person I know and the first person to talk to me on the team (of course). Our shenanigans on the bench (and off) always made my day. Emily, thank you for being our team’s collective role model for two years. We always felt welcome in your home and you taught us all the Geneseo ways… special shout-out to Madison and Kaci for that too. 

Now for the sophomore class: Imbo, Gtom, Haber, and Jackie. The mix of your different personalities added amazing qualities to the team dynamic. Imbo, I love how ~free-spirited~ and relaxed you are. You are an amazing volleyball player and I hope you will “get crazy” on the court for the next couple years you have left. Gtom, I admire your hard work and volleyball finesse so much. You are such a solid player and great friend. Haber, you have been lights out on the court and your competitive edge is unmatched. I’m going to miss our frequent volleyball chats. Jackie, you are one of the sweetest people on the team. When I’m gone, you need to sneak some hot chocolate in the hotels and lift your elbow when you swing!

To the elite and unproblematic junior class: Morgan, Babs, Maddie, and MK. You all blended into the team so well and always know what is going on. Morgan, you have grown so much over the years and your enthusiasm is through the roof. Waking up to Good Morning game day texts or your duck noise alarm was absolutely underappreciated. Babs, you are one of the most underrated funny people I know. You constantly make me laugh and are one of the hardest workers on the team. Maddie, you pushed me in the weight room, motivated me to run for captain, and hosted the BEST smoothie bowl dates. I know for sure you are killing it in Arizona. MK, I admire how you are down for anything and everything. You are a great friend and are indefinitely welcome to sleep on my couch. 

Next, I would like to address the newbies of GSUVB: Julia, Tori, Maddy, Ceci, Linda, and Shannon. Although I have only known you for a few months (if that), I think you guys are great. You remind all of the seniors of us as freshmen. You are such a large and friendly pack of girls with endless opportunities. I hope you make the best memories over the next four years here and help the upperclassmen FINALLY bringing home a SUNYAC championship. I can’t wait to see all your future accomplishments and the fun memories you make. You sure as heck know I will be back for an alumni weekend to catch a glimpse of it all going down.

To my fellow seniors: Mary, Gabby, Alex, Allison, Erina, Moose, and Bridget. This is the group that truly made my four (3.25) years so special. We have really been through it all. Freshman year we were a UNIT. We came in so strong on and off the court. I loved living in Daga and spending every waking moment together. Sophomore year was our year. We grew so much as people and defined ourselves as individuals. We helped each other through our lowest points and celebrated the highs like no other. Junior year might’ve been it …if it wasn’t cut short by a global pandemic. We came short of a SUNYAC championship and were hungry for more. I could already see the physical improvements of the entire team in February. But overall, we made the most out of our time in Geneseo (as we always do) without even knowing it would be cut short. 

Now, we are on to our final chapter as seniors. This is definitely not how we imagined it to be. For those that are still playing, we planned on competing and striving for another shot at SUNYAC title. Not having that goal or a traditional season is what really opened my eyes to what was important about volleyball. We have made it a point to play for the love of volleyball and each other. As Morgan said our team is “living proof that you can make your own fun.” I’m so lucky to have all of you to make practices, ‘game-days’, and everyday life feel as normal as possible. For all of the seniors, thank you for being the best people to live through a global pandemic with <3. Whether it is screaming Fleetwood Mac from our porch, obsessively following our horoscopes, or just sitting around and giggling, it is always a good time. I already can’t wait for all of our future weddings and college reunions. 

I can’t believe that I won’t be with you all next year and that I can no longer call myself a ‘student athlete’. This has been a great experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I’m excited to see where Geneseo Volleyball is headed and I’m expecting a SUNYAC Championship soon and a family-like culture that will last forever 🙂

Meet the Seniors: MB Kiersten Colvin ’21

Getting to Know You

Name: Kiersten Ruth Colvin

Nickname(s): Kier/Kierst      

Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics/Finance 

Hometown: Rockville Centre, Long Island


Family members (parents + siblings):  Mom- Eileen, Dad- John, Sister- Lindsay- 18, Sister- Maggie- 15

Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (if any & where): Dad played basketball at NYU and Mom played basketball at Marist

Hobbies/Interests:  The economy and basketball 

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A few of your favorites things…

Color:  Blue

Movie: Heathers

TV show: Stranger Things

Karaoke song: Gypsy

Musician/artist/band: Fleetwood Mac


Place in the world: 4 Ward Place

Volleyball drill: Cups

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Tell us about…

A quote that motivates/inspires you: “You didn’t come this far to only go this far”

The greatest gift you’ve ever received: Tetherball set  

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Travel to multiple countries 

Your post-college/career plans:   Working in finance and becoming a CFA

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: Large plate of plain pasta 

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: Walking onto GSUVB and having a starting position the same year 🙂

Where you hope to be in 10 years I hope to be living in the city and/or starting a family (scary)

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Questions about your time at Geneseo…

Are you involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? Fed Challenge, CFA Challenge, SAMs, ACS On Campus

What made you choose to attend Geneseo? Great campus and academics at a good price

What are a few of your favorite things about Geneseo? Fraser Library, Upstairs Letch, MJ Brunch, and all my friends that make those places fun/special

Your favorite memory of GSUVB is…. The weekend we went 9-0 in conference sophomore year 

A few more fun questions! 

If you were stuck on a deserted island, name 3 things/people you’d have to have with you to survive: Erina, Bridget, Abi Moose

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Water bending

Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?  Margot Robbie

If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you’d introduce?  No weapons

Senior Letter Series: Mary Bartkus ’21

Dear GSVUB, 

In my childhood, I remember when my idol, Hannah Montana, said: “They say the good things take time, but really great things happen in the blink of an eye.” I never thought that my time at Geneseo would come and go so fast. The memories I have made here will stick with me for the rest of my life and I owe it all to my teammates. GSUVB gave me everything I needed to prepare for the “real” world. Having the support of my best friends/teammates throughout my time here has allowed me to grow into the best version of myself, and I could not be more thankful for the influence of my GSUVB gals. Spending nearly every hour with my teammates on and off the court means that we have accumulated more memories than I can keep track of. Luckily, the connections I made with each and every one of my teammates is what will stick with me forever. 

To the class of 2019: 

It has been crazy to see what you are all doing now and I am so proud of what awesome women you all are. Of course I would rather you all just come back and hang out with us again like the good days of my freshman and sophomore years. Madison and Kaci, I never played volleyball with you, but your support as upperclassmen meant so much to me. Emily, my dear angel, thank you for being the best leader the program has ever seen, Your calming presence and passion for the game was infectious. As a senior now, there have been multiple times I have asked myself, “What would Emily Ast do?” before making a decision… no joke. I miss coming to your house and always feeling welcomed with open arms. So, thank you all for setting the precedent of weirdness for all of us and teaching me the ropes of Geneseo.

To the class of 2020: 

It’s really hard to find a place to start with you people. Coming in freshman year, I was immediately put at ease by your class. Throughout my 3 years with you, I knew I could always come to you guys to let go of whatever I had going on for a good laugh. Grace, thank you for dancing like a crazy person with me whenever, wherever. You have been one of the best examples of resilience in my life and I am so proud of everything you have done. Sam (sammy boot sweetheart mendes), thank you for being my go to for a conversation about literally anything. You have such a kind heart and I admire you for that. Kat, thank you for having the most energy I have ever seen and for always being down for some weirdo time with me. I miss laughing so hard that we both start wheezing. On a serious note, you have always been there for me and I hope you know how thankful I am for your positive influence on me. Abby, thank you for showing me what true motivation and passion looks like. You were able to juggle school, volleyball and your social relationships so flawlessly and I know you put a huge amount of effort into doing so. Shea, my mother, thank you for looking after me since day one. I knew I could always count on you to say “I’m down” to a Bar-eat-o date at any time of day. Thank you all for silly bus rides, sleepovers, and weekend brunches at Letch that we would spend hours sitting there together talking. I miss you all so much and I can’t wait for our next combined class reunion.

To the class of 2022: 

This class is really the most kind group of people I have ever met. I am so glad we have gotten so close during my time here. Babs, I could not be more thankful that you decided to join our team. Your dedication inspires me every day. MK, you are an actually flying squirrel on the court and I love it so much. I will always remember slumber parties at our apartment/suite. Morgan, you have always been and always will be my setting buddy. Thank you for helping me through tough days at practice and always lightening my mood. Lastly, I have a huge honorable mention for Maddie. Although you no longer play for us, you will always be a part of the family. Thank you for smoothie bowl dates and deep talks whenever we needed it. Your class has the unique ability to have fun in any situation. I will miss playing with you all very much. 

To the class of 2023:

I feel like you guys have been here for so much longer than just a year. You have all brought your own unique attributes to the team and I could not be more proud of how you have already begun to grow up. You are still my little babies in my heart. Grace, your loving spirit and passion for the game reminds me why I loved volleyball in the first place. Jackie, thank you for always making me smile with the kind words you always have to say. I know you are going to continue to kill it on the court and in the classroom…and I’ll see you when we both work for the CDC one day (jk, but maybeeee?). Haber, you have such a sick competitive drive and I know it’s going to take you far in this program. Keep working hard, it’s going to keep paying off. Imbo, you are so dedicated to getting better every day and I can tell you that we all see it. You have such a calm energy, but you still manage to celebrate louder than anyone else on the team. I am so lucky to have met all of you and have these two years with you. Keep working hard queens and get that banner. 

To the class of 2024: 

My sweet angel children, thank you for making me feel young again. I see so many qualities that I love about my class in you people…so I think you are all pretty cool. You guys came in so fired up and ready to go this season, despite us not being able to compete. Thank you for being so willing to come in and commit to working hard this season. I know it will pay off for all of you. I can not wait to come back and see you compete. I will always be cheering you on. 

To my seniors: 

I am trying to keep this from being sappy, since we decided collectively to try to ignore the fact that we are seniors. Coming in with 7 of you was really the best time. Living in the same building freshman year, we did literally everything together. I am so thankful that we had that time to bond and that we finally started to accumulate some more friends after our first season. You guys are really my forever people. I am so proud of what we did here and where we are heading after Geneseo. Allison, I will never forget when you did a split while covering a tip during a game. I will miss your weird contortionist body movements and the way you get so hype for others on the court. Bridget, I will never forget the feeling of nearly peeing my pants when our slides would actually work out. I will miss being able to go to you for anything, you always knew how to make me feel better when I was down. Moose, thank you for being by my side and being my takeout loving friend. We will hit all the restaurants in Geneseo before we leave, I promise. Alex, I will never forget being together 24/7 freshman year because we needed to be in all the same classes together (we have to go back to the massage chairs before we leave). You always pushed me to be better in the classroom and on the court and I always appreciated that about you. To my roommates, Erina, Kiersten and Gabby, I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for you all putting up with me. I am not even surprised that we aren’t sick of each other at this point because you guys have really made our Geneseo homes feel like real homes. Here’s to more family dinners, love island seasons, and late night shenanigans courtesy of our Costar horoscope readings. 

I can’t believe I am signing off for good this time. I am so excited to see where the Geneseo volleyball program goes after I am gone. Thank you to the best teammates and people in the world. I can’t believe we all ended up in the same place, but I am so glad we did. 

Peace out. 

Meet the Seniors: S Mary Bartkus ’21

Getting to Know You

Name: Mary Rose Bartkus  

Nickname(s): Mar (?)      

Major(s)/Minor(s):  Biology Major, Sociomedical Sciences

Hometown: Valatie, NY (The parents live in Long Beach, NY now)


Family members (parents + siblings): 

Jean and Steve Bartkus

Sisters: Stephanie-31, Claire-35

Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (if any & where):
Stephanie – Westfield State University – D3 volleyball

Frank Bartkus (grandpa) – professional soccer, Team USA 1936 Summer Olympics (Goalie) 

Hobbies/Interests:  Napping with my dog, cooking, and good ole quality time with friends/family

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A few of your favorites things…

Color:  Green

Movie: Zoolander

TV show: Avatar the Last Airbender or Parks and Rec

Karaoke song: Ego – Beyonce

Musician/artist/band: Don’t have a favorite right now, keeping up with top TikTok hits for now


Place in the world: GENESEO, NY

Volleyball drill: Combination

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Tell us about…

A quote that motivates/inspires you: “I don’t know why people think they can mess with me.” – My mom

The greatest gift you’ve ever received: My dog! 

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Travel somewhere in Europe. 

Your post-college/career plans: Graduate school for an MPH in Epidemiology and hopefully get a big girl job after that. 

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: Six slices of pizza with no cheese. (Sorry again for that coach)

Where you hope to be in 10 years: Working for the CDC or WHO, owning a dog and my own house.

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Questions about your time at Geneseo…

Are you involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? ACS On-Campus (E-board member), internship with Health Promotion office 

What made you choose to attend Geneseo? The combination of getting a great education, being able to play volleyball, and the good vibes in general of campus. Most of all the team was very welcoming and fun so I could see myself fitting right in with them. 

What are a few of your favorite things about Geneseo? I love the smell of Geneseo, so weird but it is so good. I also really love the small town feel and being able to walk anywhere I have to go. 

Your favorite memory of GSUVB is…. Just creating the bonds that we did while traveling and being in-season together was the best. We always made our own fun wherever we went. 

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A few more fun questions! 

If you were stuck on a deserted island, name 3 things/people you’d have to have with you to survive: A boat, someone to sail the boat, and a lot of non-perishable snacks. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? FLYING. I always have flying dreams and it’s pretty disappointing waking up and not being able to fly. 

Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?  Shea Casey

If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you’d introduce? The National Anthem is Waka Flocka’s “No Hands” and the country sings it in unison at 9:23 am before work and school begins.

Senior Letter Series: OH Alex Frank

For whoever needs to hear this: Everyone is right- the best four years of your life fly by. I still remember hysterically crying before I left for my first ever semester of freshman year. As a senior now, I want to thank not only my teammates but also the academy (lol) for making these four years something I will never forget. The only way I could think of to express my gratitude for how much your presence has meant to me is for you to relive it through my top favorite memories of GSUVB. 

  1. Our song– “Everyone grab a wall!” As a freshman I had no idea what that meant, but now I will never forget that feeling. Slapping the wall on Kat’s lead and screaming our heads off to Something I Need by One Republic is a moment I’ll cherish forever. Anytime I hear that song I just think of everyone’s smiling faces and our inability to stay on beat. It’s my favorite moment to share with our new teammates every year because that song has memories that we will always share whenever we hear it. 
  2. A Kanye West Acapella– For all of you that know me, you know that I am super competitive and passionate about volleyball (thanks for dealing with me <3). My junior year, we were at an away tournament and I wasn’t playing my best. I subbed off the court upset with myself, and was naturally standing quiet and a little panicked. Kiersten and Maddie came up behind me and started singing an acapella version of Black Skinhead. I will never forget the moment that Kiersten attempted to hit those high notes and I absolutely lost it. Thank you for being there for me and never allowing me to listen to that song with a straight face again. 
  3. Upstairs Letch Dinners– I had to include a memory that consisted of unlimited food. Ever so often our whole team would decide to have dinner at upstairs letch. Every single one of us got plates on plates of food and ate until we could no more… Then of course, we got ice cream. One of the funniest memories I have is when someone dared Mary or Kat to “one bite,” as in try to eat your entire ice cream cone in a single bite. I have always appreciated their effort to rise to the challenge every single dinner. They always know when our team needed a laugh, and watching someone get a brain freeze and chew at the same time definitely did it. 
  4. Belting True Friend on the bus freshman year season– In my first big outing, losing my freshman year in the semis was not a good feeling. When we got back on the bus to go home, I was trapped in my own feelings of disappointment. I never expected someone to switch on our speaker and start blasting old throwbacks. My whole team gathered in the back of the bus to scream all the lyrics to our favorite songs. When True Friend by Hannah Montana came on, all our disappointment from the loss was replaced with the thankfulness that we were in it together. We belted those lyrics with our arms around each other until everyone was just happy to be there. 
  5. Junior Year Halloween– Halloween is one of my favorite holidays ever. I love brainstorming and trying to come up with the most original costume… this is foreshadowing for a costume I will literally never forget. Last year, Coach let us dress up and play in our costumes for practice, so Mary and I went to work figuring out the best costume we could come up with and landed on a mom’s cycling group. As proud as I was of our idea, I will never forget Maddie walking in dressed as our trainer Angelo- she even had the walk and stance down. Seeing Angelo’s face was priceless and I hope all of you appreciate this picture as much as I do. 
  6. Forgetting the water bin– This is another fond memory of Kiersten saving my butt. We were at Babson and it was my turn to be in charge of the water bottle bin. I didn’t realize that I forgot it until I was walking through the main gym doors with the team. I told Kiersten in panic and we snuck back outside, only to have to chase the bus down half a block. We grabbed the bin, sprinted back, and snuck back inside to join the team. I have no idea if Coach noticed and I have never told her until she reads this, but that pure horror of losing the bus is so funny to me now. Hopefully the freshman reading this will learn from my mistakes, or have their own Kiersten to sprint with them. 
  7. Ward Karaoke– Having your senior year in a pandemic does not have a lot of plus sides, but getting to spend it with my gals makes me more appreciative of what I do have. My favorite memory of this semester so far was having a karaoke night on the porch of our house on Ward. Not having anything to do, someone had the grand idea of dragging the speaker on the porch and hooking up the microphone. Each of us got our solos and we even had some fans from afar watching us dance and sing (off pitch) the night away. For anyone walking by that night, I hope you experienced the best concert of your life. 

For all my seniors reading these, I hope you get the same feelings I do from them. For my underclassman, I hope you also get to make the best memories of your life. For anyone who toughed it out to the end of this decently long letter: Never take a day for granted, appreciate the little things, and say yes to trying new things. I’m sure you can find all these quotes on the mugs at Tj Maxx but take it from me, an enlightened college senior, these are the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned. 

I love you all:)

     – Alex 

Meet the Seniors: OH Alex Frank ’21

Getting to Know You

Name: Alexandra   Nicole    Frank    

Nickname(s): Alex      

Major(s)/Minor(s):  biology/human development

Hometown: Syracuse, NY


Family members (parents + siblings): 

Tracy and Jamie, Maddy, 23

Oscar and Max- 13 weeks 🙂

Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (if any & where):
Jamie Frank- ithaca basketball hall of fame

Maddy Frank- Oneonta basketball 

Hobbies/Interests:   beach volleyball

traveling 

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A few of your favorites things…

Color:  lavender

Movie: She’s the Man

TV show: NCIS

Karaoke song: Before He Cheats 

Musician/artist/band: Mt. Joy

Place in the world: Hawaii

Volleyball drill: Queen of the Court

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Tell us about…

A quote that motivates/inspires you: “I would go 0-for-30 [from the floor] before I would go 0-for-9. 0-for-9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game. … The only reason is because you’ve just now lost confidence in yourself.” — Kobe Bryant

The greatest gift you’ve ever received: Handwritten Letters 

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Skydive

Your post-college/career plans:  Move far, far away & Physician Assistant School

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: Duck 

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: Winning AA at the Pottstown Rumble 

Where you hope to be in 10 years: Following a pro team as their PA

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Questions about your time at Geneseo…

Are you involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? Colleges against Cancer, Student Athlete Mentors, SAAC 

What made you choose to attend Geneseo? My recruiting visit already felt like I was part of a family. I didn’t have that “at home” feeling on campus I had it with the team. 

What are a few of your favorite things about Geneseo? Sunsets, Lighter side, knowing all the athletes 

Your favorite memory of GSUVB is…. Bus karaoke 

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A few more fun questions! 

If you were stuck on a deserted island, name 3 things/people you’d have to have with you to survive: My mom, a hammock, and an endless supply of fruit 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Ruler of the Ocean so I could swim freely and nothing would eat me 

Who would you want to play you in the movie of your life?  Blake Lively 

If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you’d introduce? Universal Health Care