The Genesee Community College women’s volleyball team dropped their consolation round match to Iowa Central Community College in three sets on Friday afternoon and have been eliminated from the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
After falling behind early in the first set, the Lady Cougars came back to win four straight points and take a 4-2 lead. GCC held its largest lead at 7-3 before Iowa Central, ranked #10 in the country, took control. Deliane Lessard (Rochester, NY) made one last push for Genesee in the first set, serving to three straight points to get back within four at 16-12, but the Lady Tritons held off GCC’s advance and took the set 25-19.
In the second set, both teams went back and forth to start and were even at 17 before Iowa Central won eight of the last nine points to win the set 25-18.
Down two sets to none, Genesee battled throughout the third set. Carrie Blunt (Syracuse, NY) earned a kill and a block in succession to draw GCC within two at 13-11. Sabrina Wilhoite (Letchworth, NY) blocked a spike attempt at the net, putting a halt to a three point run from Iowa Central and inching GCC within two at 19-17. The Lady Tritons would win six of the final seven points however, and took the third set 25-18 and the match three sets to none.
Genesee ends the season with a 22-21 record, earning the District L and a Division II Region III titles in the process.