Volleyball sweeps Geneseo in 2018 home opener

Emma Parkhurst '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Emma Parkhurst '21 (Josh McKee photo)
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Hamilton College's Dorothy Poucher '21 smashed a season-high 11 kills and the Continentals defeated the SUNY Geneseo Knights in three sets at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Wednesday night.

The Continentals (3-5 overall) swept Geneseo by set scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-18 in their first home match this season. Hamilton held a 10-4 advantage in service aces. The Knights (10-6) had won four straight and six of their last seven entering the evening.

Giuliana Rankin '20 helped lead the Continentals' offense with nine kills. Emma Parkhurst '21 did a little bit of everything with nine kills, 16 assists, 13 digs and three aces. Meghan Wilkinson '19 added a season-best 17 digs and passed out 12 assists. Nikki Matsuoka '21, who is fourth in the NESCAC in digs per set, finished with 15.

Abby May paced Geneseo with seven kills and Morgan Michalski handed out 12 assists. Sam Mendelsohn topped the defense with 12 digs and Gabrielle Ayzenberg served a pair of aces.

Hamilton never trailed in the first set. The Continentals jumped out to a 10-5 lead and the Knights didn't get closer than three points the rest of the way. Hamilton closed out the set on kills by Poucher and Parkhurst and a solo block by Jane Fanning '22.

The Continentals scored the first four points in the second set and led the whole way. Geneseo closed to within 12-10 but Hamilton responded with another 4-0 run. The Continentals clinched the second set on kills by Poucher and Parkhurst and an ace by Wilkinson.

In the third set Hamilton took control by breaking a 4-4 tie with six straight points. The Knights hurt themselves with three attack errors and a bad set during that run by the Continentals. Geneseo pulled within two points at 19-17 but Hamilton closed the door on the Knights thanks to a Parkhurst kill, three straight kills by Rankin, and a Parkhurst ace. Yet another kill by Rankin ended the match moments later.

The Continentals host Tufts for a NESCAC match on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.