Genesee Community College Women's Athletic Teams Take Titles and Continue their Fight

It's been an exciting season for Genesee Community College Women's Soccer and Volleyball teams, and this week continues the thrill as both teams head off to National and District competitions, respectively.

It’s been an exciting season for Genesee Community College Women’s Soccer and Volleyball teams, and this week continues the thrill as both teams head off to National and District competitions, respectively.

With their heads held high, Genesee’s Women’s Soccer Team departs today for a second consecutive NJCAA National Tournament appearance, held this year at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland. Ranked as the top NJCAA Women’s Soccer team in the nation for several weeks, they have great expectations for the coming game against Ocean Community College on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.

This past Saturday October 30 at Tompkins County Community College, GCC’s Women's Soccer team (17-1-2) defeated Mohawk Valley Community College (12-4-3) 3-2 in an exciting overtime win to earn the NJCAA Region IIIA Title.

As 2010 Region III Award Winners, GCC also captured other major honors with coach Kelly Gillow named NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year, and sophomore captain Jessie Jaszko (Batavia, NY) named NJCAA Region III Player of the Year. The All-Tournament soccer team players from Genesee included: Jessie Jaszko (Batavia, NY), Adele Zeh (Nunda, NY), and Ali Cashmore (Akron, NY). The Tournament MVP was Catherine Mucha (Dalton, NY).

“It has been an amazing year with the team consistently coming together both on the offense and defense,” head coach Kelly Gillow said. “We are looking forward to Thursday’s event and continuing the synergy in another heated game.”

Inside the gym, another team of incredible athletes from Genesee have also been making a name for themselves. Genesee’s Women’s Volleyball team hosted Mercyhurst NE in the Region III, Division II Championship finals this past week and won the title beating Mercyhurst in three with scores of 25-13, 25-14, and 25-10. Genesee (34-8) got off to a good start with Mikela Caseria's (Mililani, HI) crisp serving and 12 assists. Genesee also got good production from Sarah Ward (Rochester, NY) producing 14 kills and five digs. While Maria Antsupova (Ozersk, Russia) and Kristie Barger (Lima, NY) took control of the first two games with eight kills/two aces and 14 digs respectfully.

Mercyhurst got off to a great start in the third game rallying to a 7-2 lead, whereupon Kristie Barger entered the game with great serving to put GCC back into the game. Mercyhurst again took the lead and with GCC down 7-8 Shelly Fuller (Trumansburg, NY) entered the game and served 12 consecutive points to place GCC comfortably in the lead. Fuller also contributed 12 assists and four aces in the match. Maria Anstupova finished the match by serving two aces. Region III, Division II All-Tournament team honors went to Paige Tilert, Mikela Caseria, Maria Anstupova, and Sarah Ward.
In addition, Sarah Ward was named the tournament MVP.

The Women’s Soccer team will be playing in the District-wide tournament this weekend with their sights on heading off to the Nationals in Wisconsin in mid-November.

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GCC Women’s Soccer Roster:
Dzindzi Asamoah-Wade, CM Rochester, NY; Ali Cashmore, F Akron, NY; Jasmine Coley, D Rochester, NY; Mollie Culmone, GK Brockport, NY; Kelsey Fenton, F Batavia, NY; Cady Hume, M/F Batavia, NY; Jessie Jaszko, F Batavia, NY; Jessica Klug, F Alden, NY; Shelby Koenig, D Brockport, NY; Jessica Laudico, D Holley, NY; Brittany Luckey, M LeRoy, NY; Sarah McGrath, D Churchville, NY; Anna Mucha, D Dalton, NY; Catherine Mucha, D Dalton, NY; Kristen Paris, D Holley, NY; Marissa Pecora, F Rochester, NY; Carly Shaw, D Kendall, NY; Katie Smith, M Akron, NY; Emily Troup, M/D Holley, NY; Jessica Veltre, D Churchville, NY; Shelby Walsh, M Rochester, NY; Adele Zeh, GK Nunda, NY

GCC Women’s Volleyball Roster:
Maria Antsupova, S Ozersk, Russia; Kristie Barger, OH Lima, NY; Austin Bishop, OH Toronto, ON; Mikela Caseria, S Mililani, HI; Megan Curry, OH Byron, NY; Dawn Dodd, M Daleville, IN; Michelle Fuller, DS Trumansburg, NY; Danielle Kelsey, RS Corfu, NY; Deliane Lessard, OH Rochester, NY; Hannah Scott-McGrail, MH Batavia, NY; Paige Tilert, LIB Derby, NY; Sarah Ward, OH Rochester, NY; Alex Wysocki, MH Hamburg, NY; Marie Zimmerman, S Medina, NY

For further information please contact Peggy Sisson, Athletic Director of Genesee Community College team at 585-343-0055 x 6239 or email:

For a photograph of Genesee Community College Women’s Soccer Team after they won the NJCAA Region III title go to: