The 2016-2017 Wrap-Up

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Good morning, Knights fans! We’re back with our final weekly blog update of the season to give you a little wrap-up of the year and some information about what comes next for GSUVB.

In culmination of the most successful season for Geneseo Volleyball in several years, the 5th seed Knights took down 4th seed Fredonia last Tuesday in a 3-0 sweep to advance to the SUNYAC Semifinals. On Friday night, our season came to an end as we fell to the #1 seed Brockport in a 1-3 battle to make it to the SUNYAC Championship.

While any loss is hard to swallow at first, the end of the road for this season is something to be immensely proud of. Our fight, our heart, and our love for playing the game together was more evident than ever before in this last week as we made history for this class of GSUVB. Before both of our matches last week, we committed to being “all in” from the first point to the last. Regardless of the outcome, we committed to giving it all we had. Our only expectation for the end of this journey, whenever it was to come, was that we’d be able look back and know that we left everything we had out on the court. As we look back today, I believe we can safely say that we all did just that.

For many teams across the country who are no longer continuing their 2016 seasons, today marks the beginning of our preparation for 2017. Today, we start working towards the goals we hope to achieve next season and for the future of this program. We’ve already taken a huge step forward and today, we start putting in the hard work and dedication required to continuing taking these steps towards success.

To our GSUVB family, we cannot thank you enough for your endless support each and every day, not just during the season, but all year ‘round. Our parents, friends, loved ones are what keep us going– when being a student-athlete feels overwhelmingly difficult or demanding or just plain exhausting, you remind us how much we love what we do. Seeing you in the stands and waiting for us after every match with open arms are some of the greatest moments of our careers and without you, none of this would mean as much as it does. We know that the off-season is just as hard for you as it is for us without matches to watch and your favorite team to cheer on, but we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got next year!

And last but certainly not least, a huge thank you to our seniors. Dani, Emma, Courtney, and Tricia—you’ve given so much of yourselves to this team and while we know you’ll never be too far away, a little piece of GSUVB will always be with you wherever you go. Your leadership, your guidance, and your love for each and every one of your teammates is something that this young team will carry with them in their years to come as Geneseo Volleyball players. You’ve been an irreplaceable part of a legacy, of the future of this program, and for that you will always have a special place on this team. Your teammates love you, your coaching staff loves you, your fans and your entire GSU community loves you, and we’re so excited to see what the next chapter in your lives has in store for you. Thank you for all you’ve given to GSUVB and we can’t wait to continue to build the future you’ve left for us.

Moving forward, we hope to have lots of fun things planned in the coming months! We’ll always keep you updated with upcoming camps, events, and anything else going on with GSUVB here on our blog and on our Twitter/Facebook, so don’t forget to keep an eye out for any updates! Private lessons, mini-camps for our Little Knights and local high school students are in the works, and even some awesome alumni projects! Lots of exciting things are coming your way from GSUVB.

Until then, we wish you all the best and hope you’ll battle some of your GSUVB withdrawal by supporting our other GSU sports teams!! GO KNIGHTS!

 

Important Links:

GSUVB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/gsuvb/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Twitter: @GeneseoVolleyball

Geneseo Athletics Website: http://geneseoknights.com/landing/index

GSUVB Camps Website: http://www.geneseovolleyballcamps.com/index.cfm

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Game Day “Meet Your Knights”: Senior Dani Sayler

Good morning, Knights fans! Welcome to our final Game Day “Meet Your Knights” blog of the season! Last but certainly not least is senior DS/L Dani Sayler from Baldwinsville, NY!

My full name is… Danielle Rachael Sayler.

My nickname is… Dani.

My birthday is… May 11th.

My major is… Business Administration with a minor in Political Science.

My family members are… Mark (dad), Carrie (mom), sister Abby (25 yrs.), and dogs Striker and Duncan.

My family members who competed in college or professional athletics are… my sister Abby, who was on the SUNY Geneseo field hockey team.

My hobbies/interests are… Family, hanging with my friends, swimming, kan jam.

I chose GSU because… because I knew I was going to get the best education possible and play the sport that I love. I love the campus and everything about Geneseo.

My favorite movie is…She’s the Man.

My favorite sports team is…the NY Yankees.

My favorite food is… tacos.

My favorite place on campus is… Club Milne! (the library)

My favorite vacation spot is… Canada.

My favorite volleyball player is… April Ross.

I started volleyball in… seventh grade. That was the first time I played organized volleyball. I’ve been around volleyball my entire life, my dad has been coaching for longer than I have been around.

My most memorable match is… state finals in  high school and we were playing for our second state title. Sadly we ended up losing to Mercy in 4 but I was first team all-state and received MVP at states that year so that really meant a lot.

My favorite thing about GSU Volleyball is… that our team is a family. All of my volleyball teams have been close but there is something special that I have here with my teammates. We’re around each other 24/7 (because I live with two of them).

Before every match, I… always have an extra hair tie in my sock when I play so I make sure that I have it in there.

In off-season training, I worked on… keeping my platform high. I have a tendency to drop it which makes me a second slower than I could be. In the spring season we worked a lot on wall passing so I was able to implement that on my own. I am lucky fortunate enough that my best friend, Maureen, plays volleyball at Nazareth College so I was able to play with her at the gym and go to her open gyms.

This summer, I… traveled to Israel, Canada, and spent some time in Florida as well. It was the best summer yet because I saw so many members of my family as all of my friends too. I also watched the three greatest kids ever again this summer!

If I wasn’t playing college volleyball, I would be … playing college softball. I’ve always wanted to play a sport in college and if I wasn’t playing volleyball I would have gone to play softball.

My role models are… my parents and my sister. They have been there through everything and they are the ideal people that I wish to model my life after.

My fantasy job/career would be… to work on ESPN and be part of their marketing team for NCAA Sports.

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40 is… TRAVEL! I have to travel more and more and just see the world.

If I could bring one thing from my hometown to college, it would be… The Diner! The Diner is a Baldwinsville landmark. They are known for their milkshakes and is the place to go on a summer night when you’re hungry at 4AM and could just really use some french fries. It’s open 24 hours a day so anytime you need a bite to eat, The Diner is your place!

I can’t live without… a blanket that actually belongs to my dad. I happened to come across it years ago in my basement and I’ve been sleeping with it ever since. It’s a big blue and green blanket that has “CNS Northstars” on it. I bring it on every road trip with me and everywhere else I go. I was not able to bring it with me in high school because CNS is actually one of our rival schools in athletics!

My greatest fear is… shots. I don’t have a problem with needles, just the idea of shots. It gives with the goose bumps just looking at it.

If I were Coach Dunn for a day, I would… spend the day in Wisconsin solely because they have great cheese curds there.

Thanks, Dani! Be sure to cheer on Dani and her teammates in our biggest match of the season so far– SUNYAC Quarterfinals against Fredonia State @ 6PM! GO KNIGHTS!