Is Summer Over Yet?


37 days people!!!!!

As many of you know, leaving Geneseo is one of the very few things I get ~emotional~ about. This countdown has been running since the day I left, at the time it was 92 days. 

Quick little introduction, I am Bridget Lougen, a junior middle blocker from Syracuse, NY.  I am a Psychology major with a Human Development minor. 

As per usual, this summer has been flying by and has been jammed packed but yet very similar to my summers in the past. Most of my days are spent working at Target as a Flexible Fulfillment Team Member. In simple terms, I walk around the store shopping for what people order online then pack them to be shipped, exciting right?? On my days off, I am usually relaxing by the pool, sleeping, or reading my textbook for my summer class. 

To kick off the summer, a few of my fellow IREVA coaches and I drove to Columbus, Ohio to play in USA Volleyball Adult Nationals. While we didn’t play that well… it was still an amazing experience and a fun little trip to get us all back together.

Another fun volleyball part of my summer is that I am currently coach at Brockport as a coach for the IREVA High Performance camps. 8 straight days of coaching, playing, and spending time with the other coaches as we slowly become more and more sleep deprived. (And writing this blog in a VERY uncomfortable dorm bed) It has been pretty cool to be on the coach side for the past two years.

Now for the exciting stuff, my two major trips of the summer

Alberta, Canada

June 10-19

Besides the day trips to Niagara Falls and Toronto, I have never really been out of the country. Alberta is actually the farthest west that I have every been. I took the trip to go visit Aaron who lives about 35 minutes south of Calgary, Alberta. After getting into Calgary at 1am driving to his house in the pitch black,  I still had no clue where I was. The next day I saw just how amazing it was there. The trip was packed with hikes around the beautiful area, exploring Calgary, and a trip to Banff National Park. The entire trip I was in awe by how pretty everything was. I am just going to let the pictures speak for themselves…


Samara, Costa Rica

July 20-31

While I have yet to go on this trip, it is one I am most excited for! Again, I would like to repeat, the only two countries I have ever been to is the US and Canada, so this is a completely new experience for me! I cannot wait to be in this small little town on the western coast of Costa Rica for 11 days. Stay tuned for pictures from this adventure 🙂

Well, back to reality in Upstate New York. My plans for the last two weeks of summer are to play in a beach tournament in Lake George with fellow teammates Emily Bablin and Mary Bartkus the first weekend of August. After that I am hopefully going to sleep for a week straight, maybe work at Target at little, and then be back in my favorite place, GENESEO

Well, that’s what happening in my boring yet eventful Summer 2019, cannot wait to be back in sweaty Schrader Gymnasium with you all!



Let Me Tell You About The Summer Of 2OL9

Hello blog readers! This is sophomore Morgan Michalski coming at you live from the beautiful SUNY Geneseo. Now, you may be thinking “Morgan, why on earth are you spending this wonderful summer at school?” WELL, let me tell you… 

I and twenty five other amazing people have decided to be the smiling bright faces that welcome incoming students to Geneseo at orientation. For the non-Geneseo student, these people are known as orientation leaders (or OLs) and if you ask me, I’d say we put the OL in coOL! Now, before I get to the part where I express my love for my staff, I want to catch you up on all the fun things we have been doing. 

To start, we arrived to our first training session on the 12th of June and did many icebreakers to start (icebreakers are the games we play to get to know each other). Every day after training you would catch most of the staff on Onondaga Field tossing disc, taking way too long to explain the rules of spud, or playing an intense game of kickball in the rain. For the first two weeks of being here, it felt like I never sat down. We were constantly moving, doing bulletin boards or decorating clipboards. The moment I knew that this was going to be the most fun summer ever was when most of the staff went to watch the sunset at the gazebo and ended the night screaming/singing at the top of our lungs to any song that came to mind. We then took a trip to Fredonia for some team building, where we worked together to overcome obstacles, trust each other, and most important to me, support each other. Everyone was so supportive and had each others back. This was most present when we climbed a 12 foot wall with the help of each other to get one another up to the top. These are memories I will never forget and brought me so much closer to my team. After training for two weeks, it felt like we had known each other for years and you could tell that this group was something special.

We were all so excited for the first orientation session to start; as we tucked in our polos and straightened our name tags (the uniform is the best part of the job), you could feel the rush of nervousness and excitement. We worked so hard over the past few weeks and it was time to welcome all the new faces to Geneseo. 

We have now finished the third session and we are all very sad that we have hit the halfway point, and that our summer will soon be coming to an end. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet all my new friends and I would not trade this experience for anything! Now, throughout my blog I have been referring to these people I work with as “staff,” but they are truly much more than that! Coming into this job, I would have never thought that I would be so close with this group of amazing people, or that I would be leaving with twenty five new friends. So thank you to my fellow OLs for being such wonderful people; you know the love I have for you all and I am so lucky to be apart of this family. To my volleyball peeps, I cannot wait to see you all so soon! Let’s make this a season one we won’t forget! 

That’s all for now 🙂

Morgan Michalski

Summer Days, Drifting Away

Helloooo party people:) I am Alex Frank, a rising junior and ds/libero. This summer has been absolutely crazy, and for all the fans who read my blog every year (thank you I love you), I finally have a more interesting life to tell you about.


IMG_5868.jpgTo start off the summer right (and get super tan before anyone else could), my family and I took a two week trip to Hawaii, visiting Honolulu and The Big Island. If you want to have the most amazing trip please take my mom (expert yelper) with you. Because of her, we went ziplining, horseback riding 92A6169F-7FA2-4592-988D-0E3CA76DF7F4.jpgon a volcano, swimming with wild dolphins (no animals in captivity allowed:)), learned about the history of the islands, and went on a helicopter ride to beautiful places you would never be able to find. It was the most incredible experience that I will never forget.

The next day after we landed home, I started my program to become a CNA. Hope you guys are proud I am finally adulting!! The program was long and intense, and after many sleep deprived days I am finally a certified nursing assistant. This was the first step in being able to find a job that counts as experience hours so I can apply to grad school after my time at Geneseo. I learned so much, met incredible people in the nursing home I was trained at, and developed such a deep respect for all the people in the health care business that work to take care of the people we love everyday. 

You guys know me way too well to think I’d leave out my usual summer shenanigans. Of course you can still find me at Sharkey’s everyday of the week, but we even kicked that up a notch this year. For the usual, coed doubles is every MIMG_5387.jpgonday, women’s advanced doubles is every Wednesday, and I ref the rest of the week days. This year my partner [Melissa] and I have teamed up with our local volleyball girl gang to play pickup as much as we possibly can during the day too. For all thos7AF5D832-CBA1-47CD-AB71-B65ABF109309.jpge pro athletes that say practice makes perfect, I finally get what they’re talking about. So far, Melissa and I have won two pro doubles tournaments and took the AA championship at Pottstown Rumble- the largest grass doubles tournament in the USA. I also clinched the Alex’s Lemonade 4’s tournament chip for the second year in a row (it has my name on it I have to). With a month or so left, Melissa and I are planning to play in two more grass doubles tournaments, Lollypalooza (4’s grass), and we have one last pro beach doubles tournament left. After that, I’ll be seeing her across the net in the fall:( 

With all of this you could say summer is my favorite season of the year… but jokes on you it’s volleyball season:) That was cringy I know, but even cringier: I miss my boys so much and can’t wait to be working towards a Yacs title with them this season<3 See you all so soon, one more month!!! 


PS: Please enjoy this picture of Melissa buying 24 donuts from Krispy Kreme before Pottstown

PPS: Coach I swear I am eating healthy this is her fault 



What’s up summer blog readers 🙂 You’re probably expecting a compelling, immaculate blog post after reading Maddie McLaughlin’s from last week. Well I’m just here to start off by saying, Maddie is like the Jane Austen or Emily Dickinson of our team, so mine may be a little less poetic. But good job Maddog, loved your work, hope to get your autograph soon. 

My name is Grace Cergol, I’m an outside hitter and I’m going to be starting my SENIOR year in the fall. I just had to take a huge breath while typing that sentence out because I’m in complete and utter shock. Can someone please explain to me how I’m a senior already. I remember the first day of preseason freshman year where Kat, Sam, Shea, Abby and I basically didn’t say a word to each other… but aw look how far we’ve come (shoutout you guys, you’re the homies). 

Before my last year of college commences, I’m trying to jam-pack as many activities as I can into these short summer months. To start it off, I immediately joined a gym and set up appointments with my physical therapist. Working out and training for this upcoming preseason is most of what I’m focusing on this summer. That and trying to get my bum knee back to normal, or my “new normal”. I’ve become more acquainted with the fact that I have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and push myself to heights that I’ve never reached before. 


Other than profusely sweating at the gym, I’ve been interning for the Director of Marketing and Events at The Adecco Group. I’ve been able to part take in setting up and gathering details for corporate events here on Long Island and in New York City. In July I’ll be attending 3 different events in NYC including a Formula E meeting, which sponsors an electric race car company and a P4P event which is a women’s empowerment group and exposition. To say the least, this job is preparing me to take on the real world in less than a year. Yikes. 

Sorry, have to take a break from writing, I’m trying to finesse our warm-up playlist. 

(About 30 minutes later) Kk I’m back now. Still not done but if anyone wants to check it out on my spotify / give me suggestions, my username is gracecergol and the playlist is called GSUVB 19’ 😉 (self advertising btw). 

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Grandma’s bday dinner

Some other riveting things that I’ve done this summer, hmmm well.. I turned 21. Also yikes. My friends and family actually threw me a surprise birthday and I had negative idea that any of it was going on. Props to anyone who helped make that happen, you took advantage of my state of oblivion well because I had no clue. The other lovely thing I got to do that weekend was reunite with one of my best friends, teammates, and now known as Ms. Copenhagen, Shea Casey. I missed how entertaining you are and the amounts you can talk :). Glad to have you back girl. For the rest of the summer I plan on hanging with IMG_6883my friends and fam, GOING TO THE BEACH AS MUCH AS I CAN (i haven’t been once ~sad~) and my boyfriend, Elijah, and I are planning on going to Montreal to attend the musical festival, Osheaga. We both have never been to Canada eh so it should be tons of fun… updates to come. Oh and you know of course getting ready for the most epic 2019 season. 


Lastly, I just wanted to give my little sis Mia a shoutout. Happy prom and graduation you stud 🙂 I know you may be distraught leaving high school and all of your friends, but these next four years of college are going to be a wild ride and probably the best years of your life. So cherish the memories you’ve made and look forward to the ones that’ll come. I know you’re going to do incredible things on the court this fall and make sure you bring home that ring!! It’s dawg time. 

~beautiful little sis~







To my team – I am forever grateful to call you guys my second family and I plan on giving my everything to this last season and all of you. Lil froshies – don’t be worried or nervous. You are going to have the absolute time of your life playing vball and going to school here. Just remember to be yourself and stay confident. To my seniors – it’s our last ride. Honestly crying in the club writing this right now. I don’t know how on earth 4 years just flew by in a blink of an eye. Let’s play our hearts out in that gym this fall and get after it. Finally, I promise to the GSUVB fam that I will do everything in my power to be back in the gym grindin’ out with the rest of you. It may be extremely difficult at some points but I know you guys will have my back and pick me up when I need it… and of course I will always do the same for you people. I love you all.  



xo always, 


Every Fan of GSUVB Needs to Know THIS

 Howdy! Yes, that title was clickbait. And to continue in the spirit of complete candor, I ought to start this by mentioning my absolute detestation of introductions. I’ve never liked them. I often spend far too much time staring at my blank computer screen, willing a witty, intellectual, and Pulitzer-worthy intro to appear and catapult me on my literary journey eventually culminating in some prestigious award presented by Beyonce. As of right now, that still has yet to occur (I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted as the situation develops). In the meantime, I’m choosing to supplant a proper introduction with some facts about me that normally belong in a solid intro, and will have to suffice: My name is Maddie McLaughlin; I’m a rising sophomore; I’m an outside hitter; I’m technologically impaired so there will be a noticeable lack of pictures in this blog.

Okay, thank god that’s out of the way. On to the body paragraphs!

   This summer has started out far better than this blog. I finally healed a herniated disc that had nagged me for months, and I was able to resume my physical preparations for the upcoming season. Please mentally insert epic training photo here. Possible ideas include (but are not limited to): “glowing” sweat, perfect tan, six-pack abs, applauding onlookers, heroic posture, pained-yet-determined expression.

   In addition to training myself, I have also been acting as a personal trainer for one of my friends and my dad. The former has been remarkably motivated while the latter opted to flip me off when things got particularly demanding. As a side note, this process of personal training has opened my eyes to the astounding capacity we all possess to change and grow; it has provided me with indisputable proof that the body responds to the demands placed upon it, and does so with alacrity. The commonly-held conception that “it’s too late” sorely lacks validity. In fact, I firmly believe that time is not the enemy of action. Fear is. But enough philosophical ranting! More about my important summer plans.

   My job this summer is that of “Recreation Supervisor” for the town, which essentially is a fancy way of saying “Teaching Small Children How to Play Badminton and Convincing Other Small Children to Run Track in the Hot Sun with Only the Distant Possibility of Olympic Glory and the Vague Promise of Half-Melted Popsicles as Motivation.” I suppose the first title is more succinct. But all kidding aside, I love my job. I love sharing my love of sports with people who are too young to claim that “it’s too late.” They remind me every day that time doesn’t create opportunities. Passion does. It’s never too late to do what you love.

   Uh-oh. We seem to have reached the other dreaded ingredient of every literary recipe: the conclusion. Once again, I must bail and leave this one up to your imagination. Please insert your favorite conclusion here. Can be from any illustrious writer; I’m open to Dickens, Austen, Faulkner, McLaughlin, etc.

   Hopefully you’ve done that. Wow, such powerful words from (whomever you chose). With those beautiful thoughts in mind, have a fantastic summer.

Sincerely (most of the time),


Kicking off Summer with a BLOG

Hello everyone!

It’s great to be back home for the summer and I’m so glad I’m able to start of this summer blog series with some moderately exciting content.

Here’s my doggo that loves to lay out in the sun with me.



I’ll start out by introducing myself to any newcomers to the Geneseo Volleyball Blog. I’m Mary Bartkus, a junior setter from Kinderhook, NY. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. It feels like I was just writing my blog going into freshman year. With that being said, to my incoming freshmen…welcome! It’s going to be the most fun, thrilling, challenging, heart-warming, and the ~weirdest~ years of your life so far… so buckle up ladies! Enjoy this summer and I am very excited to smush all of your faces whether you like it or not.

So let’s get back to ME (lol). I’ll be talking a little bit about what I’ve already done in the time I’ve been home, as well as telling y’all about the rest of my summer plans.

Coming home was pretty weird because I had to go on my biggest job hunt yet. Since high school I worked at the same small cafe in town. Unfortunately, it went out of business while I was at school (small town vibes~). It was probably two weeks into being home until I finally landed a new job. Luckily enough, my previous employer hooked me up with a waitressing job with her friend, who manages the restaurant at the Columbia Golf and Country Club. It’s a fancy, private golf club in my area that I honestly didn’t even know existed until I got the job. I’ve been working at the country club for the last few weeks now and I really like it. It’s a lunch and dinner job so I still have a good chunk of my day to enjoy summer and hit the gym.


National Best Friend day accidentally landed on this day? Is that a sign?



My flexible schedule has also allowed me to take my first mini vacation! Last minute I decided to make a trip down to Long Island to visit my sister, some teammates and school friends, but most importantly to surprise the team’s good friend Liv for her birthday! The surprise was a success, and if I could/ knew how to insert a video into a blog I would put it in here. I arrived on a Friday and spent the day with some friends on the beach. We watched the NBA finals at (teammate) Kiersten Colvin’s house and adopted some new phrases for the upcoming fall season. Thanks, Kawhi Leonard and GO RAPTORS. 

Another pic from Belmont. Lighting was 10/10 in General Admission.

Saturday was the surprise, as well as the “famous” Belmont Stakes. I say “famous” in quotes because I am apparently the only person who was unaware that it actually was a big deal. (Thanks for explaining that to me if you’re reading this and sorry for not being cultured in horse races.) Anyway, Sunday I spent some time with my sister which was really nice. I saw her new apartment, got some pizza and dessert, and watched the NYC AVP beach tournament on TV.

Some of my plans for the rest of the summer include playing some good ole volleyball, including the Lake George Million Dollar Beach tournament with my lovely teammate, Bridget Lougen. My high school coach is also holding a summer league for his team on Sundays, which I am very excited to help him out with. Trying to get my hands on a volleyball any time I can and planning some more weekend tournaments is still underway.

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Just some friends, hangin’ out

Night swimming becomes a thing when everyone works during the day


Visiting my friend, Chloe, this past weekend

















Other than that, I pretty much spend any night I can after work to see some friends from home. It usually consists of going to get fro-yo and watching movies until we all fall asleep. My friends and I are planning a short weekend getaway to Montreal in July, which is going to be pretty awesome since I’ve never been out of the country. Also, this weekend (the weekend before this is posted) I am going to visit one of my best friends that lives in NYC for a few days. She packs up and leaves for Uganda in a week, where she will be student teaching English for a month (proud friend moment). So, I’m excited to spend time with her as well.

Alright everyone, I hope everyone else is having a great summer so far. I’m excited that I was able to kick off the blog series this summer and to see what everyone else will post.


To my teammates,

I’m so thrilled to be with all of you again in less than two months! It’s go time.


To anyone else reading,

Thank you for keeping up with the blog and for the support 🙂


Signing off,

Mary Bartkus





A Letter to My Younger Self – A Blog by JR Kat Vernon


Dear Young Kat,

First thing’s first – please stop putting such harsh filters on your Instagram pictures, it’s embarrassing. Also, get rid of that wretched pink tank top you always wear, it’s just not it, chief.

Now that we got out of the way, I’m going to get a little bit serious. First of all, stop taking things so seriously. I probably shouldn’t say this, but stop being so hard on yourself about school. High school is really not that big of a deal, you have so many bigger and better things coming for you later in life.

Next, do what makes you happy. Try not to do things just because that’s what everyone else is doing. I know you think that listening to “pop” music is cool, but trust me, it’s okay to love indie-alternative-folk music instead. Liking something that’s “weird” or not “normal” is a really great thing, and you’re gonna figure that out when you get to college.

And to whoever told you that pursuing a career in film editing wasn’t a good idea because you wouldn’t make a lot of money – DO NOT listen to them. They’re wrong. Yeah, you may not be the boujee-est person in town, but it makes you so incredibly happy and that’s all that really matters. Do what you absolutely love to do. Do something that you truly enjoy doing and puts a smile on your face. Once you figure that out, everything else will work itself out.

And lastly, confronting your mental health straight on is so important. I am so proud and thankful that you figured that out early on. It might have felt strange or weird, but it made a huge difference and I cannot thank you enough for that. Being open and willing to talk about your mental health with others is not only beneficial to you, but to the whole world. Embrace it. Change is a thing you can count on, don’t forget it (Surprise! You have a tattoo of a triangle to remind you of this, I know you thought you’d never get one but haha – joke’s on you!).

You’re going through some really tough times right now, I know. But trust me when I say that it will get better. Everything that you’ve gone through and will go through only makes you stronger. Right now, I am the happiest I’ve ever been and it’s all thanks to the ups and downs of life. You will grow into a weird, funny, loving person and you’ll soon learn to love yourself for who you are.

One more thing – go to Taco Bell right now. Your metabolism is gonna catch up one day and you’re not gonna be able to eat as many tacos as you are right now! And go to Dairy Queen for dessert!

Love always,

Old Kat (ew I’m 21 and a Junior in college, how the heck did that happen??)