Week Ten: All In

Happy Halloween, Knights fans!! It’s a beautifully spooky Monday morning here at GSUVB as we recover from a great weekend at Skidmore College and prepare for the biggest match of our season thus far!

It was a great weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY as GSUVB faced off against Union, Skidmore, and Ithaca in three tough matches. We came away with a 1-2 record for the weekend after falling short to Union and Ithaca, but as we reflect on our competition, our greatest success came from our ability to find the fun and excitement in volleyball again. It’s easy as you approach the last few weeks of the season to forget the real reason why we’re here in Schrader Gymnasium every day or traveling across the state of New York every weekend—it’s because we love the game. Of course we love our teammates, we love the athletic community at Geneseo, we love our coaching staff, we love getting to travel with our best friends and spend so much time together, but at the end of the day, the sport of volleyball itself is one of the greatest things we get to experience on a daily basis and sometimes with all the chaos of our schedules, we forget this. We forget that we get to wake up and play the greatest sport in the world every single day. But this weekend, we remembered. We remembered how to enjoy the game, we remembered how exciting it really is to watch our teammates grow and succeed. We remembered how to have fun just living in the moment of each and every point and although our record might not have turned out the way we’d hoped, there are no feelings of falling short or regret about our play this weekend. And going in to the week ahead, there’s nothing better than a weekend like that!

Tomorrow night, we will face Fredonia in our first playoff match that this class of GSUVB has seen in several years. It will be a brand new experience for each and every one of us and Wwith that comes no expectations, no pressure, and no responsibilities other than to just play the game we’ve remembered how to love so much. Tomorrow night we’ll be all in, putting it all on the line for the game, for our seniors, and for a season in which we’ve faced our fair share of adversity. The time has come for us to bring it all together, everything we’ve learned, struggled with, and fought for over these last ten weeks and we have no doubts that tomorrow night will be an experience of a lifetime. We’ll lay it all out there, we’ll give it all we’ve got, and most of all, we’ll have fun just playing our favorite game with our favorite people and the outcome will take care of itself!

We hope to see our amazing GSUVB family supporting us tomorrow at Fredonia at 6PM!! GO KNIGHTS!

 

Week Ten Schedule:

Tuesday 11/1:

GSU vs. Fredonia State—SUNYAC Quarterfinals @ 6PM (at Fredonia) *

 

*indicates Live Stats available on home university’s website

 

 

**Please visit the SUNYAC website for more information about the 2016 Tournament Bracket (match times, locations, seeding, etc.):

http://sunyacsports.com/sports/wvball/2016-17/bracket

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Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: Sophomore Madison Kosuda

Happy Saturday AND happy game day from GSUVB! Say hello to sophomore OH Madison Kosuda from Utica, NY!

My full name is… Madison Asker Kosuda.

My nickname is… Maddie.

My birthday is… May 14th.

My major is…Mathematics & Education.

My family members are…Joe (dad), Cynthia (mom), and brother Lucas (21 yrs.).

My family members who competed in college and/or professional athletics are…my brother, Lucas, who played soccer at MVCC.

My hobbies/interests are… tennis, swimming, camping, hiking and traveling.

I do volunteer work at/with… Relay for life, the American Heart Run and Walk, and the Boilermaker.

I chose GSU because… it was the perfect sized school for me. Also, Geneseo has an amazing Mathematics and Education department. I love the town and the supportive community.

My favorite athlete is…Megan Rapinoe.

My favorite movie is…Hot Rod.

My favorite TV show is…The Office.

My favorite sports team is…the Women’s National Soccer Team.

My favorite food is…ice cream.

My favorite place on campus is…the Green.

My favorite cartoon character is…Bugs Bunny.

My favorite vacation spot is…Wildwood, NJ.

My favorite volleyball player is…Matt Anderson.

I started volleyball in… 7th grade.

My most memorable match is…sectional finals in 10th grade.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is…how our team is a family.

The best road trip I’ve ever taken was…along the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

Before every match, I…listen to music.

In off-season training, I worked on… building stronger shoulders.

 

This summer, I… traveled around Australia for two weeks, then worked at F.X. Matt Brewing Company, and ended summer in Poland for two weeks.

The best thing about GSU is… the people here and how welcoming everyone is.

If I wasn’t playing college volleyball, I would be… Playing in all of the intramural tournaments.

My idea of happiness is… doing what I love and making people happy at the same time.

My role models are… my grandparents and parents.

I would like to have (talent)… to be able to sing.

My fantasy job/career would be… ice cream taste tester

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is… sky diving and bungee jump.

My post-college/career plans are… get my masters in education and travel.

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

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is…I do not like cheese.

I can’t live without…ice cream.

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

My greatest fear is…losing everyone I care about.

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

If I could be Coach Dunn for a day, I would…take the team to Hawaii!

We’ll see what we can do about that trip to Hawaii, Madison– but until then, check out Mad’s skills on the court TODAY as GSUVB faces two more opponents, Skidmore and Ithaca@ 10AM & 12PM!

GO KNIGHTS! 

Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: Senior Courtney Cleary

Hello, Knights fans! We know you’re excited that it’s game day, but get even more excited to learn a little bit about senior MB Courtney Cleary from East Setauket, NY!

My full name is… Courtney Leigh Cleary.

My nicknames are… Court, Kurt.

My birthday is… July 23rd.

My major is… Business Administration.

My family members are… Tom (dad), Marilyn (mom), and brother Sean (23 yrs.)

My family members who competed in college or professional athletics are… my brother Sean played lacrosse at NYIT.

My hobbies/interests are… going to the beach, making playlists on Spotify, and watching Olympic gymnastic floor routines.

I participate in several volunteer activities on campus, such as… donating blood for the American Red Cross and I participate in leaf raking with the team. As a team, we also participate in Relay for Life every year.

I chose GSU because… because the girls that hosted me on my official visit were incredibly nice to me and told me about how much they loved GSU.

My favorite athlete is… Aly Raisman.

My favorite movie is… Titanic.

My favorite TV show is… The West Wing.

My favorite sports team is… the New York Giants.

My favorite food is… sushi.

My favorite place on campus is… Fraser Library.

My favorite cartoon character is… Reggie Rocket.

My favorite vacation spot is…Marco Island.

My favorite volleyball player is… Kerri Walsh-Jennings.

I started volleyball in… 9th grade.

My most memorable match is… winning county finals my senior year of high school. We went to 5 sets with our biggest rival in the county and won set five 25-23.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is… my teammates, they are my best friends in the entire world. I can’t imagine my life without them.

The best road trip I’ve ever taken was… when my family used to go up to Camden, Maine every single year. It’s absolutely breathtaking up there. We also drove around Acadia National Park which is so beautiful.

This summer, I… worked as a rehab aide at the outpatient physical therapy department at St. Charles Hospital. I love my job so much. My co-workers are well versed in their field and teach me something new everyday. It gives me a strong appreciation for physical therapy and makes me very excited to pursue physical therapy as my career.

The best thing about GSU is… the people. Everyone is so welcoming, loving, and caring. Initially I fell in love with the campus but the people made me want to stay.

My role models are… my parents.

I would like to have the ability to… tumble like an Olympic gymnast.

My fantasy job/career would be… a physical therapist for the US Olympic Team or a professional sports team.

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is… travel to Europe.

My post-college/career plans are… to attend physical therapy school and then work for a hospital in New York City after graduate school.

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be… the ocean views, I really miss that when I’m at school.

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is… I knocked my 2 front teeth out in a sledding accident when I was 4.

I can’t live without…

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

My greatest fear is…getting caught in a riptide.

The fictional I would most like to meet is… CJ Cregg from The West Wing.

The most famous person I’ve ever met is… Michael Strahan.

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

Thanks, Court! Be sure to tune in to our match tonight against Union College @ 7:30PM to check out what Courtney can do!

GO KNIGHTS!

Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: FY Grace Cergol

Welcome to another Game Day “Meet Your Knights” blog, Knights fans! This time we’ve got first-year OH Grace Cergol from East Northport, NY!

My full name is… Grace Rae Cergol.

My birthday is… June 14th.

My major is… Business.

My family members are… Mara (mom), Chris (dad), and sister Mia (15 yrs.).

My family members who competed in college or professional athletics are… my dad played for LeMoyne College D1 baseball team.

My hobbies/interests are… spending time with friends/family.

I chose GSU because… it had so many interesting qualities that I just couldn’t get over. I loved the size, the location, academics, athletics, my coaches, and everything I’ve heard about GSU is all positive. I have never heard one negative comment about this school.

My favorite athlete is… Kerri Walsh-Jennings.

My favorite movie is…Perks of Being a Wallflower.

My favorite TV show is… One Tree Hill or Friends.

My favorite sports team is…Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Volleyball.

My favorite food is… tacos or stuffed peppers.

My favorite place on campus is… the Union.

My favorite vacation spot is…Hawaii, Aruba, and Cancun.

My favorite volleyball player is… Lauren Carlini or Courtney Thompson.

I started volleyball in… 7th grade.

My most memorable match is… was this past club season at Capitol Hill Classic playing Metro American in the semi-finals.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is… getting to know all my teammates so quickly and so well. I’m so lucky to be a part of a group as close-knit as this one.

Before every match, I… listen to my music.

This summer, I… worked at an Italian restaurant, went to the gym, and spent time with friends and family.

When I run out onto the court in Schrader Gym, I think… to keep improving, and be better than you were the day before.

My idea of happiness is… listening to music, on a beach at sunset, with no worries rushing through my head. Or being on the court with people that I love and doing what I love.

I would like to have the ability to… play the guitar, play the piano, and surf.

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is… Skydive, or meet one of my celebrity crushes.

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is… I can’t straighten my pinkies all way.

I can’t live without… my friends/family/dog.

The greatest invention of the last 100 years is…

My greatest fear is…the unknown.

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

Thanks, Grace!! Be sure to check Grace out tonight in our match against the University of Scranton @ 7PM!

GO KNIGHTS! 

Week Nine: Another Week of Firsts & Lasts

Happy Monday, Knights fans! We’re back with another weekly blog update to fill you in on what’s been happening with GSUVB. It was a busy week/weekend and we’ve got another busy one ahead, but here’s what we’ve been up to!

Starting with our Attacking Alzheimer’s match last Wednesday against St. John Fisher, we came away with a great 5-set win AND had an amazing night making a difference in the community! GSUVB raised approximately $900 for the Alzheimer’s Association and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the amount of support and enthusiasm from our fans that we’re able to contribute to such a great cause. THANK YOU to each and every person who came out and/or supported us in all the fundraising efforts over these last few weeks—we couldn’t have done this without all of you!

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The team having lasagna dinner @ Coach Dunn’s apartment with Mom & Grandma Dunn! 

After an exciting match on Wednesday night, GSUVB took off for our last round of SUNYAC Pool Play at Cortland on Friday and Saturday. We took a tough 5-set loss to Oneonta on Friday night, but rallied and came out strong on Saturday to clinch two wins against Buffalo State and Cortland, guaranteeing us the 5th seed for SUNYAC Playoffs! Not only is this a fantastic accomplishment in and of itself, but it is even more exciting for this GSUVB class as it is the first time the team has reached playoffs since 2011—none of our current players have been a part of this amazing experience in their careers thus far, so what an amazing time to give our seniors a season of a lifetime!

Before we head into playoffs, we’ve got a busy week ahead with four great matches against some of the top teams in the region. This Wednesday 10/26, we’ll be heading to the University of Scranton to head off against the Royals at 7PM. Then, we’ll be off to Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY to face Union, Skidmore, and Ithaca this weekend in our final regular season tournament play. What a great week we have ahead with strong competition, opportunities to keep improving our game, and prepare us for what the rest of this season holds!

GO KNIGHTS!

 

Week Nine Schedule:

Wednesday 10/26:

GSU vs. University of Scranton @ 7PM (at Scranton)*

Friday 10/28:

GSU vs. Union College @ 7:30PM (at Skidmore)

Saturday 10/29:

GSU vs. Skidmore @ 10AM (at Skidmore)*

GSU vs. Ithaca @ 12PM (at Skidmore)

*indicates Live Stats available on home university’s website

Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: FY Shea Casey

We’re back, Knights fans, for day two of our final SUNYAC Pool Play weekend! Here to say hello is first-year setter Shea Casey from East Moriches, NY!

My full name is… Shea Landon Casey.

My major is… Undecided Business.

My family members are… Ryan (dad), Heather (mom), and brother Andrew (13 yrs.).

My family members who competed in college or professional athletics are… my cousin Kris played Track & Field/ Cross Country for Notre Dame and my cousin Caroline plays softball for Stonehill College.

My hobbies/interests are…playing other sports, going to the beach, boating, hanging with friends.

I chose GSU because… GSU was the only school that actually felt like home right as I first stepped foot on campus. As I continued to take a tour and talk with the coach I knew I wanted to attend school here.

My favorite athlete is… Michael Phelps.

My favorite movie is… anything with Leonardo DiCaprio.

My favorite TV show is… The Office or Friends.

My favorite sports team is…the New York Islanders.

My favorite food is… anything with seafood.

My favorite place on campus is…any place with a good view of the amazing sunset.

My favorite cartoon character is…Spongebob.

My favorite volleyball player is…Kerri Walsh-Jennings.

I started volleyball in… 7th grade.

My most memorable match is… winning against four league rival’s, Kings Park, during regular season play.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is… that the team is an actual family/sisterhood.

The best road trip I’ve ever taken was… driving with my best friend Hannah to Hershey Park from our hometown (about a 4 hour drive one way).

The best thing about GSU is… the people here are some of the most friendly, nice people I’ve ever met.

If I wasn’t playing college volleyball, I would be…getting more involved in other things offered at school such as sororities, hall council, academic clubs, etc. to keep me busy.

My idea of happiness is…being with the people I care about.

My role models are…my parents and grandparents.

I would like to have the ability to… sing.

One thing I have to do before I turn 40 is…skydive.

My post-college/career plans are…go to grad school, start a job then work my way up the company (maybe even start my own company).

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be… the food (pizza, egg sandwiches, etc.).

I can’t live without… being without other people/socializing.

My greatest fear is…spiders.

My greatest regret is…trying to just fit-in when I was younger rather than just being myself.

The historical figure I would most like to meet is…Franklin Delano Roosevelt because he was more than just our president, but a momentous person for bringing us out of depressions, wars, and other troubles. I think it’d be very interesting to have a conversation with him.

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

If I could have one superpower, it would be…to fly or read minds.

Thanks, Shea!! Be sure to check out your Knights today as we take on Buffalo State and Cortland @ 10AM & 12:30PM! GO KNIGHTS! 

Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: Sophomore Kaci Snyder

Not only is it game day, Knights fans, but it’s SUNYAC game day!! To kick off our weekend, say hello to sophomore OPP Kaci Snyder from Freeport, NY!

My full name is… Kaci Joan Snyder.

My birthday is… April 16th.

My major is… Communications.

My family members are… Deirdre (mom), Paul (dad), sister Devan (25 yrs.), brother Peter (22 yrs.), and sister Brooke (16 yrs.).

My hobbies/interests are… going on my boat, swimming, running, and going to the beach.

I chose GSU because… I loved the feel of the campus and the people walking around. The campus is so beautiful and the perfect size so that you know a lot of people but can always meet new ones too. It’s probably the best SUNY school academically as well, which is very attractive.

My favorite athlete is… Nathan Adrian.

My favorite movie is…She’s the Man.

My favorite TV show is… New Girl.

My favorite food is… white pizza.

My favorite place on campus is…my dorm.

My favorite vacation spot is…the Florida Keys.

My favorite volleyball player is…Kerri Walsh-Jennings.

I started volleyball in… 7th grade.

My most memorable match is… the last match before playoffs of Junior year. If we won, we made playoffs, if we lost, we did not. I ended up scoring the winning point off a kill and everyone jumped on me and hugged me– it was awesome!

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is… how close knit and open our whole team is. I vividly remember going on recruit visits to other schools, and the girls were never as welcoming as our girls are. I also love our dedication to the game; each of us is always looking to better ourselves and applauds each other when we do something amazing.

The best road trip I’ve ever taken was… to one of our tournaments last year– instead of a coach bus we got a party bus with couches and tables and lounge chairs it was so cool! On the ride home we got Chipotle and it was just so nice sitting on the couches and just hanging out on a party bus.

Before every match, I… listen to music to clear my mind a little bit and drink a lot of water to make sure I’m all warmed up and hydrated.

In off-season training, I worked on… a lot of strength training because prior to college I had never really done that. I worked a lot on my leg muscles because those are obviously important in volleyball. I also did a lot of cardio so I could get used to long periods of exerting energy.

This summer, I… worked a lot and worked out a lot. When I wasn’t doing either of those, I was either at the beach or on my boat or catching up with my high school and even elementary school friends. I didn’t go on any vacations or anything, but I did go to a bunch of concerts which were all so much fun.

The best thing about GSU is… how close the whole school is. Every day I see so many friendly people who smile and wave and are just really genuine and that’s hard to find at a lot of colleges. It makes the whole experience of coming here ten times better. I’ve met people here that I will keep as friends forever.
When I run out onto the court in Schrader Gym, I think… about what I need to do at this very moment to better myself, whether it’s hustle to every ball or go up and swing as hard as I can.

If I wasn’t playing college volleyball, I would be … playing a bunch of different intramural sports. I played one during spring semester last year and it’s just a really great way to get exercise and meet a lot of awesome people as well.
My idea of happiness is…feeling confident and having a strong support system. Family is very important to me, and my family members make me happier than anyone. Being so far from them at Geneseo can get hard sometimes, but all my friends here bring me so much happiness that they are like family to me.

My role models are…definitely my mom. When I was younger I always thought she was insanely strict and irrational. Now, seeing the way some other girls were raised and how they turned out, I’m so thankful that my mom raised me the way she did. She is so smart and laid back and doesn’t really care what others think of her, but always presents herself in the best way.

I would like to have the ability to…be a really good artist because I love painting and drawing, but I’m not like amazing at it.

My fantasy job/career would be… to scuba dive for a living (if money wasn’t an issue!). Whether that means instructing a class or diving for research, that would be the most fulfilling career I would want to take up. It would bring me around the world and I would see so many amazing things and meet such a wide variety of people. I spend a lot of time on the water and snorkeling off the shores in Florida, it has just always been a hobby of mine.

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is… have five kids!!! I come from a big, really close knit family, and therefore know how much fun having a big family is. My fondest memories are road trips or vacations to different countries or even just having dinner together, all spent with my family. Although I do want to travel and see the world, I am soo excited to have a family and have them experience it with me.

My post-college/career plans are… of course I want to get a job when I get out of college, wherever it may take me, so I can save up some money and pay off loans. I’d love to be a news anchor, or at least work for one for a bit. I’ve always found the news interesting, and since I’m just recently switching my major to communications, I’ll get more of a knowledge in that field.

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be… my boat! I live on the water and my family has two boats. We spend all summer on them fishing or water skiing or just cruising into the ocean. Boating is a huge part of my family and the main thing that brings us together all the time. It truly is my favorite part of where I’m from and how I was brought up.

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is… I am like deathly ticklish; I have to warn people not to try and tickle me because if they do I freak out on them because I hate it so much! It’s such an uncomfortable feeling for me and it makes me really angry when people think I’m joking and then they try to tickle me.

I can’t live without… chapstick. I would probably die if I didn’t have chapstick. Anyone who knows me knows that’s true; I literally bring it out and leave it by my water bottle every day for practice!

The greatest invention of the last 100 years is… definitely computers, they make information so much more accessible. I don’t know what I’d do if I had a project in school and had to search through libraries for resources! They also keep people connected. I can keep tabs on my family members all over the world, people I haven’t seen in years, just by typing their name into Facebook.

My greatest fear is… losing one of my family members because I know what it’s like to lose someone close to you, but losing one of my siblings or my parents would be unbearable.

My greatest achievement is... making it into SUNY Geneseo and also making the volleyball team. This was a reach school for me when I was applying for colleges, because my grades just barely met requirements. I also didn’t plan on playing volleyball here until a week before freshman year was supposed to start, when I emailed Coach Dunn asking if I could come for a tryout and she said yes! It was definitely a big achievement for me to have made the volleyball team last year, which is something I try to remind myself every day.

The historical figure I would most like to meet is… Bob Marley because I have loved his music for the longest time, I was basically raised listening to it. I also love his outlook on life and the way his music brings joy and peace to so many people.

The most famous person I’ve ever met is… This actually happened this summer, I was at a concert with my sisters for my favorite band, Sublime with Rome. We got tickets way in the front. After the show my sister and I were trying to get the security guard to let us backstage, when one of the stage managers came up to us and asked us if we wanted to come backstage. We were literally so shocked so we followed him and met the main singer of the band, Rome Ramirez, and the rest of the band. It’s not really a popular band but I’ve been listening to their music for so long it was sooo surreal meeting him. It’s definitely in the top ten nights of my life.

If I could have one superpower, it would be… to fly, I always have dreams about flying and it’s so fun in my dreams I wish it were real!

If I were Coach Dunn for a day, I would… bring pizza to practice for everyone!!!!!! Actually though, I would probably just jump in and scrimmage with us to see what it’s like playing college volleyball again.

Thanks, Kaci!! That was awesome!

Don’t miss our match tonight against Oneonta @ 5PM! GO KNIGHTS!