A Thank You Letter


To my Geneseo Volleyball family,

I’m not even really sure where to begin, but I guess I’ll start with the sappy stuff. From the beginning of my experience here at Geneseo, I knew the people that I would call my teammates were all very special. I watched games and practices prior to enrolling as a student myself, and I got to see what Geneseo Volleyball is all about. In one word, I could describe it as a family. I was able to see my future in the program, thanks to the returning players, who were all so welcoming and kind. As I spent more time with my new teammates, I realized it was not just a team pretending to be nice to get a recruit to come to their school; they are actually ALL amazing women and role models. As my first semester and first season with the team continued, I have been lucky enough to call these incredible people some of my best friends. I am so grateful to have met them.


Let’s not forget about the rest of my teammates, the equally as amazing freshman class. Some of us met during orientation, and others at Geneseo summer camp, but at this point I don’t even want to remember what my life was like without them. I’ll get into more detail later, but they’re pretty darn cool so you will just have to take my word for it right now.

Ok enough of the introduction, let’s get into the “thank you’s” (which is what we came here for)

Thank you to my returners…

for being my role models. I look up to every single one of you and I am so grateful to have teammates that are such kind-hearted, generous, dedicated, and strong women. Thank you for being like cool older sisters to me. I could talk to any of you about anything, and I know you’re always there to listen and give advice. On a less serious note, thank you for being the weirdest people I’ve ever known, in the best way it could ever be said. I will say this about our freshman too but there is honestly never a dull moment with you people. You have taken me in not only as a teammate but as a friend and I am so lucky to have you all. I am so glad we have become so close during this year. I love you guys more than Abby May loves whipped cream. (just so you know I REALLY mean it:)


Thank you to my freshman buddies…

for being my best friends. I could not picture my college experience without my seven fine ladies beside me. I don’t know what I would do without Gabby’s singing, Erina’s laugh, (Abi) Moose’s snuggles, lava cake dates with Alex, Kiersten’s ski mask, all of Allison’s Buffalo things (sponge candy…YUM), and Bridget’s vacuum (shoutout to Kerrin too you rock). You could argue that we spend too much time together, and you would probably be right. You could see all eight of us walking to get food or to go to a game together on campus at any given time; but truthfully, you would probably hear us before you saw us. I am so grateful for all of the memories we’ve made. I won’t ever forget the FROSH Playlist, walks back up to south side, the excessive amounts of microwave mac n’ cheese, our favorite elf and sloth, 7-hour movie nights, Bachelor and Siesta Key Mondays, our red shirt, getting caught up talking in each other’s rooms for way too long, weekend brunches, and all of the post-it note jokes. Thank you for having such a positive impact on my life and for being some of the best people I know. I love you all.

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Lastly, a huge thank you to the rest of the Geneseo Volleyball family including Coach Hunter, Coach Kenz, all of our parents, supporters, trainers, fans, campers, and GSUVB alumni.

You are the reason we can do what we love, with the people we love.



Mary Bartkus






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