Meet our First-Years: MB Tori Tripp ’24

Getting to Know You

Name: Victoria Grace Tripp    

Nickname(s): Tori      

Major(s): Communication     

Hometown: Oswego, NY

Family members (parents + siblings): Kerri Tripp

Hobbies/Interests:  Volleyball, watching sports, reading about current events, watching TikToks, listening to music

Do you want to get involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? Yes! I plan on joining Black Student Union, intramural sports, and a lot of other organizations

Why did you choose to attend Geneseo? This was the only school where I felt like I was immediately part of the family. The community-oriented campus captivated me, and I fell in love with the school at first sight!

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A few of your favorites things…

Color:  Pink

Movie: Clueless

TV show: Ozark

Food:  Gluten free alfredo from MJ

Musician/artist/band: Amine or The Neighbourhood

Vacation spot: Dewey Beach, Delaware

Volleyball drill: QUEENS

Karaoke song: Love Shack – B52’s

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Tell us about…

Your idea of happiness: Having all my closest friends around, everyone feeling good and having a great time. I highly value time with friends 

A quote that motivates/inspires you: “Hungry dogs run faster” – Jason Kelce

The greatest compliment you’ve ever received: The time Jonni Parker told me I had great hands during a setting drill at a Penn State camp/tournament

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Go back to London!!!!

Your post-college/career plans:  Find a job at NBC Sports Philadelphia

Your biggest pet peeve:  People with no patience for others. You never know what someone might be going through so I believe it’s important to be patient with others

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: Graduating high school and getting recruited to play at a high caliber D3 program

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: I actually have no idea!

Where you hope to be in 10 years: Happy, secure and loved

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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: Lifetime supply of popcorn, my friend Max, and a genie to grant me infinite wishes 🙂

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?  Tokyo, Japan

If you could be someone else (living or dead) for a day, who would it be? I would be a British queen because when I visited London, we went to Windsor Castle and a museum that made me really want to be British royalty. I just want to know what it feels like to have that power and all the jewelry, robes, dresses, massive castles, and guards.

Meet our First-Years: MB/OPP Julia Wallace ’24

Getting to Know You

Name: Julia Whitley Wallace    

Nickname(s): J, JJ, jLo, juju, ju      

Major(s): undeclared

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Family members (parents + siblings): Seana Wallace (mom), Rick Wallace (dad), Erin Wallace (sister, 24), Anna Wallace (sister, 21)

Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (if any & where):
My dad played basketball at Hartwick College for a couple of years.

Hobbies/Interests:  I like playing volleyball and lacrosse. I like spanish and learning about places around the world. 

Do you want to get involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? Yes, probably

Why did you choose to attend Geneseo? I chose to attend Geneseo because I love the campus, the people, and of course my team and coach. 

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A few of your favorites things…

Color: black

Movie: cheaper by the dozen 2 

TV show: friends

Food:  pasta

Musician/artist/band: kehlani or pop smoke 

Vacation spot: Aruba

Volleyball drill: speedball 

Karaoke song: party in the USA

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Tell us about…

Your idea of happiness: My idea of happiness is being with the people I love, completely content in the moment. 

A quote that motivates/inspires you: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

The greatest compliment you’ve ever received: That I’m a good listener.

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Travel to as many places as possible.

Your post-college/career plans:   I definitely want to join the peace corps after college. Then maybe go to law school or have a career that involves helping people.

Your biggest pet peeve: Loud chewers 

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: Graduating high school and attending college

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: The fruit that cashews grow on.

Where you hope to be in 10 years: Either somewhere in South America or doing some sort of job to help others. Or both at the same time.

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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: Food, water, and my phone.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?  Costa Rica 

If you could be someone else (living or dead) for a day, who would it be? Beyonce

Meet our First-Years: S/DS Cecilia Dignan ’24

Getting to Know You
Name: Cecilia Rose Dignan

Nickname(s): Cecil, Ceci, C, Ceec, Swiz

Major(s): Undecided

Hometown: Millbrook, NY

Family members (parents + include ages with siblings):

Mom

Dad

Caitlin: 28

Megan: 26

James: 25

Meredith: 23

Cecilia (me): 18

Matthew: 15

Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (if any & where):

Megan: Competed at Oswego for 2 years.

Meredith: Competed at Towson for 2 years and 2 years at New Paltz.

Hobbies/Interests:

Listening to music

Juggling

Painting/Coloring

Cross Stitching/Embroidery

Do you want to get involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? I wanna join Yoga and maybe intramurals.

Why did you choose to attend Geneseo? I really liked the team and the campus was gorgeous. It just felt right to go here.

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A few of your favorites things…

Color: Lavender
Movie: Tangled
TV show: Avatar: The Last Airbender or Parks and Rec
Food: Buffalo Wings
Musician/artist/band: Harry Styles
Vacation spot: New Hampshire
Volleyball drill: Exchange
Karaoke song: Dynamite by Taio Cruz

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Tell us about…

Your idea of happiness: My idea of happiness is having good vibes all the time with my friends and family. Even when there’s negatives happening to always find the positives in situations and always having a good laugh.

A quote that motivates/inspires you: “ Go Beyond, PLUS ULTRA” which is from the show My Hero Academia.

The greatest compliment you’ve ever received: That I smell like Roses.

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Win SUNYACS

Your post-college/career plans: I have no idea other than get a dog and name him Cosmo

Your biggest pet peeve: When people “EXspecially” instead of “ESpecially”

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: Being roommates with a State Champion after coming in second place 3 times.

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: Alligator

Where you hope to be in 10 years: I hope to have life a little more figured out and have a direct path.

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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 plane, and a pilot.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? If I could live anywhere I’d live in either Greece or France.

If you could be someone else (living or dead) for a day, who would it be? Linda Rossi.

Meet our First-Years: OH Linda Rossi ’24

Getting to Know You


Name: Linda Marie Rossi

Major(s): Childhood Education

Hometown: Thornwood, NY

Family members (parents + siblings): Katja and Ed Rossi and my sister Aida is 19

Hobbies/Interests: I like going to the movies and hiking.

Do you want to get involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? I am interested in the Yoga Club.

Why did you choose to attend Geneseo? I chose Geneseo because I love the volleyball team here and the people here are very nice. I also love how beautiful the campus is.

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A few of your favorites things…

Color: Blue
Movie: Dinosaur
TV show: The Vampire Diaries
Food: Everything Bagel
Musician/artist/band: Rihanna

Vacation spot: Cayman Islands
Volleyball drill: Rapid Fire
Karaoke song: Gotta Go My Own Way by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens

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Tell us about…


Your idea of happiness: My idea of happiness is being surrounded with people who make me happy.

A quote that motivates/inspires you: Train insane or remain the same.

The greatest compliment you’ve ever received:
The greatest compliment I have ever received was when somebody told me that I was an amazing friend.

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25:
Before I turn 25 I want to go on a road trip to the west coast with a group of friends.

Your post-college/career plans:
My post-college plans are to move into an apartment in Queens and become an elementary school teacher. I also would like to coach volleyball for younger players.

Your biggest pet peeve: My biggest pet peeve is when people chew loudly.

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: Winning the state championship my senior year of high school.

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten:
I ate moose soup in Finland once.

Where you hope to be in 10 years:
I hope to be living on my own with a job I love.

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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:
Hammock, animal crackers, and my sister.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
If I could live anywhere it would be Miami because I love the beach but I also like being near a city.

If you could be someone else (living or dead) for a day, who would it be?
I would be Kim Kardashian for the day so I could spend a lot of money and see what it would be like to be famous.

Meet our First-Years: OH Maddy Popielski ’24

Getting to Know You


Name: Madison Taylor Popielski

Nickname(s): Maddy

Major(s): Psych

Hometown: Williamsville, NY

Family members (parents + include ages with siblings): Mom (Stacey), Dad (Eric), Step-mom (Carrie), Step-dad (Mike), Step-sisters (Anya 13, Jackie 25, Gretchen 28), Step-brother (Mychajlo, 15) —It’s a lot to take in lol

Hobbies/Interests: I like to hang out with my friends and family, I enjoy watching movies, and I love going to the beach.

Do you want to get involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? I think the different intramural sports seem fun. I’m interested in possibly studying abroad in the future too.

Why did you choose to attend Geneseo? When I had my over-night visit with the team it just felt like the place that I wanted to be. It’s not too far from home and I get to be apart of the GSUVB family!

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A few of your favorites things…

Color: Yellow
Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
TV show: That 70’s Show
Food: Thanksgiving dinner

Musician/artist/band: Harry Styles
Vacation spot: Costa Rica
Volleyball drill: Queen of the court
Karaoke song: Party in the USA

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Tell us about…


Your idea of happiness: Somewhere warm on a beach

A quote that motivates/inspires you: “If not now, when?”

The greatest compliment you’ve ever received: That I’m an ambitious and independent young woman.

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: Travel Europe or just somewhere new

Your post-college/career plans: Possibly go to grad school and get a job in the psych field. Or maybe hold off on all that and travel

Your biggest pet peeve: Loud chewers or breathers

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: Getting All WNY or accepted into Geneseo

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: Alligator

Where you hope to be in 10 years: In my own big home with a couple of dogs

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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 dog Dozer
-lots of water/food
-shelter

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Bora Bora

If you could be someone else (living or dead) for a day, who would it be?
Billie Eilish

Meet our First-Years: OH/OPP Shannon Zembrzycki ’24

Getting to Know You

Name: Shannon Jean Zembrzycki    

Major(s):  Mathematics

Hometown: Hauppauge, Long Island 


Family members (parents + siblings): Stephan Zembrzycki, Barbara Zembrzycki, Kevin Zembrzycki (16)

Hobbies/Interests:  drawing, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, etc. 

Do you want to get involved in any organizations/clubs on campus? yes

Why did you choose to attend Geneseo? I love the academic aspectof the school along with the beautiful campus but once I met the volleyball team I knew I wanted to attend Geneseo. 

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A few of your favorites things…

Color:  Aquamarine (blue) 

Movie: 10 things I hate about you

TV show: Friends 

Food:  pizza

Musician/artist/band: don’t have one, I like all kinds of music


Vacation spot: Hawaii 

Volleyball drill: I don’t remember the name of it lol ( i think it was short long?)

Karaoke song: Start of Something New (High School Musical)

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Tell us about…

Your idea of happiness: watching the sunrise or sunset alone or with someone you love

A quote that motivates/inspires you: How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours – Wayne Dyer

The greatest compliment you’ve ever received: you smell really good lol

One thing you absolutely have to do before you turn 25: go back to hawaii at least 2 more times

Your post-college/career plans:  not exactly sure yet possible actuarial science, accounting, or even a math teacher 

Your biggest pet peeve: loud chewing 

Your greatest achievement in your life thus far: becoming an all conference player and all county tournament player for volleyball my senior year. 

The most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten: chocolate covered crickets

Where you hope to be in 10 years: hopefully married and have a stable job that I enjoy going to everyday. 

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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: 

  • Flair gun
  • Net 
  • Swimsuit

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?  Hawaii

If you could be someone else (living or dead) for a day, who would it be? Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman 

A Thank You to the Sisters Who Made a Difference-By FY Grace Thomas

Hello there freshman setter Grace here. Happy to be writing this letter for you all to see the true appreciation that I have for a certain three sisters. Sisters who not only were all my coaches, but who have become kind of a family to me. Sisters that made a difference and people who I will always be thankful to have met. 

First starting with the youngest of the three sisters, Becca. She is the smile and reassurance that I always looked to on the bench. The person that always seemed to lift my spirits and calm my nerves during an intense match. She was my play caller, my mind when I was frazzled and the rock that held me steady, even when I thought I couldn’t be. She always knew what to say in order to get me right back on the court and perform to my full potential. She is a true inspiration and someone I hope that everyone is able to find in their life. A light that shines in the darkest of times. She many times has given me the strength and heart to perform in a match and I am forever grateful for that. You truly are a diamond in the rough, one that I will always cherish and remember. For that I say thank you.

Now for the middle sister, Breanna. The JV coach who pushed me to the best of my abilities and prepared me for competition at the varsity level. She is a very down to earth person and has a deep love for the game. When it comes to game time she is right there with you through the ups and downs and feeling all the emotions. She has a desire to make each and every player on her team better than where they started. She is a coach that is tough on you at times, but only because she cares and knows that you have what it takes to succeed. I just wanted to take this time to just say thank you. Thank you for never giving up on me and pushing me to be the absolute best I could be. You have truly made a great influence on me and have impacted me more than you know. 

Finally the oldest sister, Brittney. The one that I would take to the front line with me every second of every day. The one who has truly shaped me into the player and person that I am today. Brittney is a dream coach, one that pushes you where you physically can’t do anymore and also the one that when she laughs makes the rest of the team laugh with her. Every practice she made you a better player, even if you didn’t know it yet. She pushes each and everyone of her players and doesn’t stop until they have become the volleyball player that she sees in them. She is the person that feels every victory and defeat with her athletes, nothing feels better than after winning a championship, and looking over at her seeing her jumping up and down, just like the rest of her team. Britt you are an amazing coach and person, and I want to give you the biggest thank you for everything that you have done for me. I don’t know where I would be today in my career if I didn’t have you right beside me. 

One final thank you to all of these sisters who have made me realize that playing volleyball is more than volleyball but about family. I appreciate you all teaching me how to love the game of volleyball like a Horton does. 

Love,

Grace

A Letter to Someone Who Inspires Me – JR Kiersten Colvin

Dear Grandma-ma,

I am lucky to say that I come from strong independent women like you. Although everyone who knows you may refer to you as “Crazy Peggy”, I think they are just envious of your scrappiness and the way you get things done. You went from a bookkeeper to an entrepreneur, raised three kids, taught religion classes, and probably did so much more I do not even know of.

As a kid, you would always take us to the apartment on 19th and 1st  and bring us to the coolest places like the Christmas Spectacular, Chelsea Piers, and the Bubble Show. It wasn’t until I was around 10 that I realized we were subletting the apartment to college kids whenever we were not there. Unfortunately, we had to stop. But to this day, I am in awe of the city and dream about living there one day.

Even now, without grandpa and your deteriorating memory, you still manage to live the best life possible. You are still a landlord and rent out both the basement and upstairs apartment (after completely renovating the basement post Hurricane Sandy). You even got a dog after every person in the family and the dog shelter told you no. In your “Crazy Peggy” ways, you had Aunt Kathleen get you one. But we should’ve trusted you because you and Muffin are living a great life together. Of course, this is besides the fact that you force the upstairs tenants to unnecessarily buy Muffin ice cream from Mister Softee every night.

Your ability to get what you want and do it in an unconventional fashion is something I admire in all aspects of my life. In volleyball, I understand that a point is a point and a win is a win. It does not matter how I get there, as long as I keep fighting smarter. In school or work, I look towards simpler solutions, delegate tasks, and sometimes deviate from the instructions. You inspire me to fight for myself, bend the rules, and go after what I want.

You are an amazing lady that has raised some amazing people. I am sure grandpa is smiling in heaven watching how you’ve handled yourself and our family these past 15 years. Thank you for making me laugh every single time I talk to you and being a role model throughout my life. I hope I can bring at least some “Crazy Peggy” energy and do something that will make you proud.

Love Your Granddaughter,

Kiersten

A letter(s) to someone who inspires me. A blog by FY Jackie Borland

Hi all! First year Jackie Borland here. I don’t want to go too far off course especially because this is my first blog post EVER, but I decided that instead of writing just one letter to someone who inspires me, I decided to write 6 smaller letters, each one to a different person who almost perfectly models one of our team values of excellence.

Class 

( Respecting all aspects of the game by staying humble and having integrity)

Dear Steph,

While I have only known you for a year or two, you have always approached things with a humble attitude. In fact, I didn’t even know that you played for a national Canadian volleyball team until a year of us knowing of each other! You have accomplished so many awesome things in your life, but I admire how you never highlight your successes because you respect other people and are considerate of their circumstances. You also stick to what you believe in and stand up for others who can’t which shows strong integrity. Thank you for not only modeling how a volleyball player should treat their teammates and opponents, but also how a person should treat others.

Pride

( Being passionate about the opportunity to be a part of the Geneseo Volleyball program)

Dear Papa,

If there is one thing that I have learned from growing up as your granddaughter, it is to be proud of the things and organizations that you are involved in. No matter what the activity or group is, you have always given all of your effort and never miss out on the opportunity to tell someone how passionate you are in whatever you are doing. Thank you Papa for modeling that it is great to be proud and passionate about  things that you really care about.

Urgency

( To be relentless in the pursuit of our goals)

Dear Candice,

As long as I could remember you had your goals set on working at Disney. With the many challenges you faced a lot of people thought that goal would be out of reach. But you focused on your dream and though you had many setbacks along the way, you never wavered. Thank you for modeling what it looks like to never give up and never give in to those who say it’s impossible.  

Selflessness

( No matter your role, always serve the team’s interests before individual interests)

Dear Melva,

You are the epitome of someone who has a servant’s heart. Not only do you put others’ needs ahead of your own, but you do it without seeking or expecting rewards, recognition or even gratitude. You are a grandma to four of my favorite kids, have been a nurse for more than half of your life, you foster and adopt dozens of animals, and lovingly volunteer to assist children with disabilities. And of course you know all of this, but it never ceases to astound me that none of the things you do are out of selfish nature, but instead the opposite; they are done out of pure love. 

Accountability

( The responsibility to hold self and teammates to our values of excellence at all times)

Dear Harry,

Because you set such high standards of character for yourself, you bring out the best in those around you. Rather than judging others, you humbly model faith and excellence. As a result, those  around you automatically want to be better people. You believe in us so much, that we don’t want to let you down by being less than we can be. 

Happiness

( Enjoying every moment and embracing every experience)

Dear Len,

You are 93 years young and loving every minute of your life. You are never seen without a positive attitude and a smile on your face no matter the situation. You enjoy the moment that you are in and it shows by the joy you have while doing so. You are excited to talk with others and check in on the people you love, always willing to listen and offer encouragement. Len, thank you for modeling what it looks like to be happy and grateful for the things and people you have in life.

Crazy 8

Hello fellow Geneseo Volleyball fans, my name is Gabby Ayzenberg a junior, libero/DS and I am back with another blog. I hope in these crazy times everyone is staying safe and healthy. So for this week I want to write a thank you letter to the 7 amazing people I started off with in this program and started this whole crazy thing called college with. Mary, Erina, Kiersten, Alex, Bridget, Allison, and Moose this one’s for you guys.

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Mary, thank you for bringing your love and support to me throughout the past 3 years. We once were strangers who decided to live together freshman year and it turned into one of the best friendships in my life. Thank you for showing me it is okay to feel emotions and be who I am on and off the court, even if others do not appreciate it. Thank you for ALWAYS being just a little bit weirder than me and constantly telling us the weird things that happen in your life (sometimes they really aren’t that weird). 

Erina, thank you for always laughing at anything I do even though half the time I don’t even think it’s funny. Thank you for being the reasonable one in the friendship and reminding me things aren’t as big of a deal sometimes. Your laugh literally can make anyone else in the room laugh even when they don’t know what it’s about. If you guys ever need to know the name of a song or movie or tv show hit her up. Thank you for always being down for a nice episode of New Girl at any random time of the day. 

Kiersten, thank you for being the most responsible person in the friend group and reminding us all to sit down and study. Thank you for your competitive energy on the court and willingness to show others how hard you work each and everyday. That competitive energy also comes into march madness and everyone needs to be quietwhile Duke is playing. Thank you for always helping me with any school problems I had and taking the time to help when I had no idea what was going on. 

Alex, thank you for always being just as competitive as me and pushing me every day in practice to be better. Your fire and love for the game motivate so many others around you. Thank you for being wild and being the randomly artistic one and always writing things or drawing things for me when I can’t make it look nice. Thank you for understanding me and respecting me as a player and growing our friendship. 

Bridget, thank you for being someone I can always go to with any issue and get some sense talked into me. Thank you for always laughing and having a good time together even when we may not be doing anything. Thanks for the constant breakfast runs sophomore year and being my bus buddy for the first two years. Thank you for being an absolute baller on the court and owning it cause you should. Thank you for teaching me that some alone time is really healthy and good for you.  

Allison, thank you for being absolutely wild and not changing for anyone.You know exactly what you want and go right after it. Thank you for showing all of us that we shouldn’t care what others think of us and we should always do our own thing. Thank you for the random small talk conversations that turn into hour conversations in the hallways.

Moose, thank you for your constant support and honesty with all of us. You know that if someone needs to be told something it’s for the better. Thank you for your beautiful closet and directions on how to pose properly or smile properly. Thank you for always being down to go grab some pizza at any point of the day.

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