The women's volleyball team opened their season by splitting a pair of matches at the New York University Invitational tonight. In the opener, Geneseo defeated Albion (Mich.) by scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 as sophomore Noelle Morrison (pictured left) handed out 21 assists and sophomore Alex Wende had eight kills. First year Sarah Dewey contributed six kills and senior Kat Strickland added four kills and four service aces. In the second game, Geneseo lost to the hosts by scores of 25-16, 25-19, 25-21. Morrison dished 16 helpers and Strickland pounded nine kills to lead the way. First year Jessica Prater had five kills, junior Laura Galvin had 15 digs and senior Alex Hughes added 10 digs. The Blue Knights are 1-1 and continue with the NYU tournament on Saturday.
Senior Anne Beinetti (pictured left) scored the opening goal at 15:57 on a breakaway to give Geneseo the lead, but the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds countered with a goal in each half to capture a 2-1 win in the season opener for both teams at the Flower City Tournament at Rochester. Skidmore scored with just one second remaining in the half to tie the score and got the game-winner at the 52:12 mark. Geneseo posted 12 shots and six corners, while Skidmore totalled eight shots and five corners. Sophomore Julia Sanger made four saves in taking the loss and junior Shannon Spusta picked up an assist on the goal. Geneseo plays in the consolation game of the tournament at 11 a.m. on Saturday against Medaille College, who lost 7-0 to the hosts.