Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: FY Kat Vernon

Happy Thursday, Knights fans! We’re back with another one of our “Meet Your Knights” blogs. Today, we’d like to introduce you to first-year MB Kat Vernon from Brighton, NY!

My full name is… Katherine Nettie Gilfeather Vernon.

My nickname is… Kat.

My birthday is… December 16th.

My major is… Psychology.

My family members are… Debbie (mom), Garry (dad), brother Josh (31 yrs.), brother Patrick (25 yrs.), sister-in-law Jessica (31 yrs.), and neice Addison (1 yr. 9 mo.).

My hobbies/interests are… playing the piano, which I’ve been doing for 12 years. I also played basketball in high school along with volleyball, so I hope to play intramural basketball here at Geneseo. I love documenting my travels/experiences on camera and editing them into cool videos (I’ve been doing that since 6th grade). Also, I am oddly obsessed with hedgehogs, sloths, and cats.

I chose GSU because… I knew the academics were strong. The beautiful campus also attracted me to it. Most of all, I chose Geneseo because it seems like a close, wonderful community to be a part of.

My favorite athlete is… Daisuke Matsuzaka.

My favorite movie is…Silver Linings Playbook.

My favorite TV show is…Grey’s Anatomy.

My favorite sports team is…the Boston Red Sox.

My favorite food is…tri-colored rotini with pesto and mozzarella.

My favorite vacation spot is…York, Maine.

I started volleyball in… 7th grade.

My most memorable match is… my senior year of highschool when our volleyball team won our sectional semi-finals game, taking us to the sectional finals. It was such an accomplishment because it was the first time in the history of Brighton High School that the girls volleyball team had ever made it to the sectional finals.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is… how close the team is and the hilarious jokes we all contribute.

The best road trip I’ve ever taken was… when myself and three of my closest friends took a roadtrip to the Thousand Islands for a weekend. The whole way there we blasted our favorite songs and took some silly pictures in the car. Good times.

Before every match, I… listen to some crazy, wild, exciting pump up songs.

This summer, I… travelled to Denmark with my best friend to visit her exchange student from last year, who we both became best friends with. We got to stay in an apartment in Copenhagen for two weeks and just explore the city together. We even had a mini side trip to Amsterdam for three days.

I would like to have the ability to… sing and to be able to join an a capella group. Whenever I see live performances of a capella groups I am absolutely mesmerized.

My fantasy job/career would be… being a cinematographer for a big company in Hollywood.

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be… My mom (aka my best friend).

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is… I have a collection of hedgehog paraphernalia in my closet at home in Rochester.

I can’t live without…2% milk – the most delicious beverage to ever exist.

The greatest invention of the last 100 years is… Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme.

My greatest fear is…spiders.

The most famous person I’ve ever met is… a famous Danish singer while I was in Denmark. He was at a family dinner I was attending (he is semi-related to my best friend, Liva, the one we were visiting). He is very famous there, mainly because he is the lead singer in the band “Disneyland After Dark” aka D.A.D.

Thanks, Kat! Be sure to check out her skills in our match against the University of Pitt-Bradford TONIGHT at 7PM! GO KNIGHTS! 

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Week Five: “The Energy Givers”

Good afternoon, Knights fans! GSUVB hopes you had a fantastic fall weekend and are ready for another week!

Overall, we had a great time with our first SUNYAC matches in Potsdam this past weekend. We struggled a bit on Friday night and had a tough loss against Fredonia, but after a little reflection and a lot of heart, we turned things around for the better on Saturday and ended up with two great wins against Oswego and Potsdam! It was a solid start in our SUNYAC competition to come home 2-1 this weekend and we couldn’t have been more proud of our hard work!

Going forward, we are putting a great deal of focus on our energy and communication as a team. Our greatest successes so far this season have come from the times where we are giving positive advice and feedback to our teammates, trusting one another to perform our roles to the best of our abilities, and simply enjoying the time we get to spend with each other on the court. Competitions come and go, but it is always a privilege to be able to travel with and be around fourteen of your closest friends for this short period of the year and it’s so important for us to enjoy every minute of it! Not only was this weekend, particularly Saturday, a great weekend of competition for us, but it was a great learning opportunity to grow as a whole, both in our volleyball skills and in our connection as a team. What more can you ask for?!

This week brings a few opportunities for competition and a lot of chances to get in the gym and keep fine-tuning our play! We’re back in the weight room today working on our strength and conditioning and we’ll also be doing some team-building activities this afternoon to jump-start our week. We’ll follow that with two practices, a match on Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh @ Bradford, another great practice on Friday, and then a home match against Farmingdale State this Saturday in which we’ll be honoring our four seniors for Senior Night!

It’ll be a great week for GSUVB and we can’t wait to not only share a special day with our seniors and their families this weekend, but to keep focusing on being positive ‘energy givers’ every time we step into the gym—the greater our vibes as a team, the greater our success can be!

We wish you a great week and continue to thank you for your constant support this season! Stay tuned for some special Senior Night blogs and another “Game Day: Meet Your Knight” Q&A this week! GO KNIGHTS!

 

Week Five Schedule:

Thursday 9/29:

GSU vs. Pitt-Bradford @ 7PM (at Pitt-Bradford)*

Saturday 10/1:

GSU vs. Farmingdale State @ 5PM (at GSU)*

 

*indicates Live Stats available on home university’s website

Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: Senior Tricia Baxley

It’s GAME DAY, Knights fans! Coming back at ya with another “Meet Your Knights” blog, this time with senior OH Tricia Baxley from Smithtown, NY!

My full name is… Patricia Fallon Baxley.  

My nickname is…Tricia.

My birthday is…September 25th. 

My major is…Communication.

My family members are…Stephen (dad), Nancy (mom), and my four brothers—Tom (25 yrs.), Sean (23 yrs.), Jim (19 yrs.), and Liam (17 yrs.).

My family members who compete(d) in college and/or professional athletics are…my brother Sean who plays for the Emmanuel College Men’s Volleyball Team.

My hobbies/interests are… being with my family, playing with my dogs, watching The Office, and exploring new places with friends.

I do volunteer work at/with… my church back home. I participate in church fundraisers and enjoy helping with both congregational and community outreach.

I chose GSU…for many reasons. It’s a cute, small town with lots of character and love, which is the kind of school I have always wanted to attend. It’s also a great academic school. Lastly, the volleyball program—never in my life have I encountered people as wonderful as my teammates and coaches from Geneseo Volleyball. The athletic department is one giant family- that’s something I have felt since day one as a Geneseo Knight. It is such a privilege to be a part of it.

My favorite athlete is…Iman Shumpert.

My favorite movie is…The Dark Knight Rises.

My favorite TV show is…The Office.

My favorite sports team is…The Knicks.

My favorite food is…anything my mom makes.

My favorite place on campus is…the Team/Locker Room.

My favorite cartoon character is…Spongebob.

My favorite vacation spot is…Montauk, NY.

My favorite volleyball player is…Paige Pendleton.

I started volleyball in… 8th grade.

My most memorable match is… County Finals my Junior Year of high school.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is…my teammates.

The best road trip I’ve ever taken was…

Before every match, I…listen to music.

In off-season training, I worked on…increasing my upper body strength.

This summer, I… had an internship with Canon USA at their headquarters on Long Island.

The best thing about GSU is…our culture.

When I run out onto the court in Schrader Gym, I think…its FINALLY time for volleyball!

If I wasn’t playing college volleyball, I would be… Wishing I was playing.

My idea of happiness is… waking up every morning, loving your job, being happy with who you are and the people you choose to surround yourself with.

My role models are…my parents.

I would like to have…the ability to play the piano.

My fantasy job/career would be…a script writer for Saturday Night Live.

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is… go to Jerusalem.

My post-college/career plans are… to get a job that I love!

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be…my dogs.

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is… I have to enter every room, or take my first step on a staircase with my left foot. So weird, but I’ve done it my whole life and I can’t not do it, it would be too weird/feels so strange.

I can’t live without…my family.

The greatest invention of the last 100 years is… this is a little over 100 years, I’m sorry, but Pizza.

 My greatest fear is…GHOSTS.

The fictional/historical figure I would like to meet is…Jesus.

The most famous person I’ve ever met is…Nick Jonas.

If I could have one superpower, it would be…flying.

Be sure to catch Tricia do her thing on the volleyball court (with a wicked arm cast, no less!) TONIGHT in GSUVB’s first SUNYAC match against Fredonia at SUNY Potsdam @ 7PM!

AND don’t forget to wish Tricia a happy 21st birthday this Sunday! Happy early birthday, T!

GO KNIGHTS! 

Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: FY Sam Mendelsohn

Back with our Game Day:”Meet Your Knights” series, we have first-year Libero/DS Sam Mendelsohn from Buffalo, NY!

My full name is… Samantha Ann Mendelsohn.

My nickname is…Sam.

My birthday is…June 4th.

My major is…Biology.

My family members are…Karen (mom), Steve (dad), & Jack (brother—21 yrs.)

My family members who competed in college and/or professional athletics are…my brother, Jack. He plays soccer at John Carroll University.

My hobbies/interests are… watching Grey’s Anatomy and hanging out with friends and family.

I chose GSU… for many reasons: it is a perfect distance from my home (about an hour), the academics are challenging and are well-known, and of course for the volleyball! When I first began my college search, Geneseo was definitely a school I was considering, but never one that I was super crazy about. That is, until I visited the amazing campus and got in contact with Coach Dunn about playing volleyball. And now, I couldn’t be happier with the decision that I made and absolutely can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

My favorite athlete is…Derek Jeter.

My favorite movie is…The Benchwarmers.

My favorite TV show is…Greys Anatomy.

My favorite sports team is…the Buffalo Bills.

My favorite food is…chicken caesar wraps.

My favorite place on campus is…the Union.

My favorite cartoon character is…Spongebob.

My favorite vacation spot is…Orlando, FL.

My favorite volleyball player is…Kerri Walsh Jennings.

I started volleyball in…7th grade.

My most memorable match is… my first match at states my senior year. It was the first time our team had made it to states so playing at that location was so new to me and everything about it was just so exciting.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is… the family atmosphere because everyone was immediately so welcoming and made me feel right at home. I came in very nervous about connecting with the girls on the team but that fear very quickly disappeared the first day I met them.

The best road trip I’ve ever taken was… the bus ride my high school volleyball took when we went to states. It was the first time that the volleyball team was going to states in the program’s history, so we were all super excited to go!

Before every match, I… have to braid my hair. Most of the time I listen to music as well.

In off-season training, I worked on… building up my strength in my legs and shoulders as well as working on my technique.

The best thing about GSU is… the smaller class sizes, beautiful sunsets, and of course the volleyball team.

My idea of happiness is… being with my family hanging out by our pool during the summer and then having a meal as a family later in the day.

My role models are…my dad and my grandpa.

I would like to have the ability to… focus on things for longer periods of time without interruptions because I tend to get distracted easily.

My fantasy job/career would be…cancer research.

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is…get a puppy.

My post-college/career plans are…

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be…my bed.

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is… during classes I am constantly playing with my hair and tapping my feet.

I can’t live without… a fan on me while I sleep, I absolutely cannot sleep when I’m hot.

My greatest fear is… if I am swimming at the beach and a fish swims by me and I can feel it brush up against my legs.

My greatest achievement… making history at my high school by being part of the first volleyball team in the history of the program to make it to states.

The most famous person I’ve ever met is… my “aunt” who is an actress (she is my mom’s cousin but I call her my aunt), Carla Gugino. She has been on Broadway and starred in movies such as Spy Kids, Night at the Museum, and San Andres.

If I could have one superpower, it would be… the ability to transport anywhere I want.

Thanks, Sam! Check out #13’s fantastic defensive skills TONIGHT in GSUVB’s home match against Alfred University @ 7PM!

GO KNIGHTS! 

Week Four: ‘Twas the Week Before SUNYACs

Happy Monday, Knights fans! GSUVB is back from a competitive weekend at Susquehanna University and ready to keep moving forward into another busy week!

It was a tough weekend in Pennsylvania, but we came home with a great W against Frostburg State and had the opportunity to learn from some very successful teams. There’s nothing better for a growing volleyball program than to be challenged by our competition and forced to keep improving each and every day!

Now that we’ve gotten some rest and are settled back in Geneseo, GSUVB got going bright and early this muggy Monday morning in the weight room for their weekly team lift! We’ll be right back in the gym this afternoon and tomorrow for two solid practices before facing Alfred University in our second home match of the season on Wednesday at 7PM. Be sure to come out and support your Knights in Schrader Gymnasium—it’ll be a great match!

Looking ahead to the end of the week, we’ll have one day to regroup after facing Alfred to prepare for our first SUNYAC weekend of the season at SUNY Potsdam. No matter who we face, whether it be this week or the rest of the season, we’ll continue to focus on doing the things we talk about here in the GSUVB program—strong character values, positive, productive communication, hard work, and commitment to the team. As long as we continue to bring those things onto the court every day, we will keep finding ways to be successful and have a blast doing it!

So we’re back to the grind this week, ready to have another great week of competition and enjoying our time together! Be sure to stay tuned for a few more Game Day: Meet Your Knights blogs and get to know more of the GSUVB family this week, too. We hope to see you in our home gym on Wednesday and cheering us on at Potsdam this weekend! GO KNIGHTS!

 

Week Four Schedule:

Wednesday 9/21:

GSU vs. Alfred University @ 7PM (at Geneseo)*

Friday 9/23:

GSU vs. Fredonia @ 7PM (@ Potsdam)

Saturday 9/24:

GSU vs. Oswego State @ 12:30PM (at Potsdam)

GSU vs. Potsdam @ 3PM (at Potsdam)*

 

*indicates Live Stats available on home university’s website

Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: Senior Emma Lannon

A four-year veteran of the GSUVB program, here’s Emma Lannon to tell you a little bit more about her world-traveling, ice-loving self! Meet our senior RS/OH all the way from Gainesville, Florida!

My full name is… Emma Patience Carter Lannon.

My nickname is… Lanz or Tron.

My birthday is… May 24th.

My major is… Geography & International Relations.

My family members are…Kurt Lannon (dad), Heidi Lannon (mom), and Jeremy Lannon (28 yrs.).

My family members who competed in college and/or professional athletics are…

-Kurt Lannon (dad)—Basketball @ SUNY ESF

-Heidi Lannon (mom)—swimmer @ University of Ulster

My hobbies/interests are…traveling, longboarding, juggling, and backpacking.

I’ve done volunteer work at… a school in the Philippines, in India with poor children and teaching women about their rights, and in Peru where I educated children in rural villages.

I am involved in organizations/honor societies on campus, such as… geography club.

I chose GSU because… after coming here and meeting the girls on the team, I knew this was the place for me. I love the atmosphere at Geneseo, especially among athletes. Geneseo allows everyone to be who they want to be and discover what they love.

 My favorite athlete is… AJ Puk.

My favorite movie is… 10 Things I Hate About You.

My favorite TV show is… One Tree Hill.

My favorite sports team is… the Florida Gators.

My favorite food is…ice.

My favorite place on campus is… the GIS lab.

My favorite cartoon character is… Patrick Star.

My favorite vacation spot is… Malta (an island in the Mediterranean).

My favorite volleyball player is… Paige Pendleton.

I started volleyball in (age/grade)… 5th grade.

My most memorable match is… the AAU National Championship in 2012.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is… the Nike Gear!

The best road trip I’ve ever taken was… to the Florida Keys.

Before every match, I… blast music and eat ice.

This summer, I…worked at a summer camp for kids with cancer.

The best thing about GSU is… the sunsets.

When I run out onto the court in Schrader Gym, I think…why don’t we have AC?

If I wasn’t playing college volleyball, I would be…travelling the world.

My idea of happiness is…driving around in my Jeep blasting country music.

I would like to have the ability to… whistle loudly with my fingers.

My fantasy job/career would be… to be a US Ambassador to a foreign country.

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is… visit all 7 continents.

My post-college/career plans are… to work abroad.

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be… college football.

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is…that I can stick my tongue up my nose.

I can’t live without…ice.

The greatest invention of the last 100 years is…GIS.

My greatest fear is…a scuba diving accident.

The fictional/historical figure I would like to meet is…Dory.

If I could have one superpower, it would be…teleportation.

 

Check Emma out as we head into our second day at Susquehanna University against Frostburg State and Susquehanna @ 1PM and 3PM!

GO KNIGHTS! 

Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: Sophomore Sarah Bain

Our first sophomore of the “Meet Your Knights” campaign– here’s GSUVB’s defensive specialist Sarah Bain from Springville, NY!

My full name is… Sarah Marie Bain.

My nickname is… Sarah.

My birthday is… August 14th.

My major is…Communications.

My family members are… Tim Bain (dad), Michele Bain (mom), Matt Bain (28 yrs.), and Jon Bain (26 yrs.)

My hobbies/interests are…sailing.

I chose GSU because… of the excellent academic programs, the beautiful campus, and the prospect of being on the volleyball team.

My favorite athlete is… Kerri Walsh Jennings.

My favorite movie is… Forrest Gump.

My favorite TV show is… The Office.

My favorite sports team is… the Knicks.

My favorite food is… spinach artichoke dip.

My favorite place on campus is… Fraiser Library.

My favorite cartoon character is… Spongebob.

My favorite vacation spot is… Bar Harbor, Maine.

My favorite volleyball player is… Matt Anderson.

I started volleyball at age… 11.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is…that we are a close-knit family.

Before every match, I… listen to music.

In off-season training, I worked on… wall passing.

The best thing about GSU is…that the people who go here are incredibly nice and welcoming.

When I run out onto the court in Schrader Gym, I think…”this is what I’ve been working for”.

My idea of happiness is…exploring the world.

I would like to have the ability to… roll my tongue.

My fantasy job/career would be…acting.

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is… go skydiving.

My post-college/career plans are…to find a job that deals with my major and buy a house.

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be… chicken wings.

I can’t live without…my dog.

The greatest invention of the last 100 years is…sliced bread.

I am absolutely terrified of… thunderstorms.

My greatest achievement/regret is…being accepted into Geneseo, which was my first-choice school.

The fictional/historical figure I would like to meet is…Abraham Lincoln.

The most famous person I’ve ever met is…Matt Anderson.

If I could have one superpower, it would be…the power to control time.

Thanks, Sarah! See what Sarah can do in our first two matches at Susquehanna University against Nazareth and Geneva @ 7PM and 9PM TONIGHT!

GO KNIGHTS!