GCC Athletics Media Release

Written by on September 28, 2018

Cougars’ Lyndsey Rowland recorded eight blocks against Mercyhurst in a 3-0 Genesee sweep sept. 27 photo credit to: Justin Bissanti/GCC Athletics

Press Release:

Volleyball Team Records Seventh Sweep of the Season on Sophomore Night

The Genesee Community College volleyball team recorded its seventh sweep of the season against visiting Mercyhurst North East 3-0 on Sophomore and Athletes for Athletes Night at the Zambito Gymnasium Sept. 27.

The Cougars took the first set by the widest margin, 25-17. The Saints came the closest to winning a set in the second at 25-22, and Genesee completed the sweep in the third set 25-20.

Five of the team’s 10 members were honored prior to the game as sophomores in their last home regular season match and included Audriana Reeves, Grace Zandrowicz, Sha-Ony Obispa, Lyndsey Rowland and Kaitlyn VanSkiver.
The Cougars have now won four of their last five and moved into a fifth-place conference tie with Finger Lakes with 7-3 conference records among the 18 teams. The first of the last four wins happened a week ago in one of the team’s most impressive performances of recent memory. Trailing visiting Monroe, Genesee took the last three in an epic comeback win and the team’s only win not to be by a sweep this season.

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto led Genesee in three of four categories that included: digs (21), kills (13) and aces (4).
Rowland had eight blocks on the night with five being solo, while VanSkiver added three.

Reeves finished second on the team in digs with 12 and with one ace. Zandrowicz was second to Pinto in kills with eight and finished fourth in digs with nine.

Obispa had double-digit digs with 10 to finish third on the team for the night.

Overall, the team recorded 62 digs, 30 kills, 18 blocks (six solo) and six aces.

No. 6 Women’s Soccer Team Falls to No. 2 Erie

In a battle of National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Soccer D-III nationally ranked top-10 schools, No. 2 Erie got the better of No. 6 Genesee by a 5-1 margin in Orchard Park, Sept. 27.

Autumn Ressue headed a Diante Scheepers free kick almost eight minutes into the second half to cut the Kats’ lead to 2-1, but that was as close as the Cougars would come.

Current NJCAA Goalkeeper of the Week Jaclyn Guzdek was busy in the Cougar net with double-digit saves at 10.

Genesee registered 10 shots of its own on the Kats with Leah Czechowskileading the way with four. Scheepers and Miko Yamashita each had a pair of shots, while single shots were taken by Katline Cartwright and Ressue.

The loss snapped the team’s seven-game win streak and was the first of the season to a Division-III team. No. 2 Erie climbed up the NJCAA national polls this week after upsetting then-No. 1 Herkimer last week.

No. 4 Men’s Soccer Team Records Seventh Shutout in Last Nine Starts

The No. 4 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team continued its fine defensive play with its seventh shutout in the last nine starts with an 8-0 road win over Erie in Orchard Park Sept. 27.

During those seven shutout wins the team has out-scored its oppositions 59-0 with the last three games resulting in a combined 32-0 score.

Five Cougars recorded three points or more and the team was led by current National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer D-III Player of the Week Rodrigo Albuquerque, who registered six points from a pair of goals and a pair of assists.

Robert Keogh added a pair of goals, while Hiago Barros de Souza and Ed Portcontributed a goal and an assist each. Philip Melo had a team-high three helpers in the win.
Other Cougar goal scorers included Leo Anthony and Hijiri Sano, while Sam Hall rounded out the scoresheet with an assist.

Matthies Meyer got the start and split the shutout with Adrian Bergman with a combined three saves.

Guzdek and Albuquerque Receive Top National POW Honors

The National Junior College Athletic Association released its weekly players of the week with a pair of Cougars receiving the top accolades as last week’s best in the NJCAA.

Sophomore Jaclyn Guzdek has been a wall of defense for the women’s soccer team in helping them improve their national ranking this week to No. 6. The sophomore keeper allowed just a single goal last week while making a half-dozen saves in a pair of wins that extended the team’s win streak to six.

Freshman Rodrigo Albuquerque recorded a seven-point performance in his lone action of the week against Jefferson that kept him in the nation’s top NJCAA scorers in goals and points.

The pair brings the number of Cougar athletes to receive national player of the week recognitions to four this fall with Katline Cartwright earning the top honor last week and Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto doing the same the week before that.

Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College Athletics department announced its players of the week for the week ending Sept. 23, with Leah Czechowski from the women’s soccer team taking the top female honor and Rodrigo Albuquerque from the men’s soccer team taking the top male honor.

Czechowski scored 10 points in two combined contests last week with one goal and one assist against the junior varsity St. John Fisher team, and then scored three goals with one assist against Jefferson.

Albuquerque had three goals and one assist in the men’s soccer team’s only contest of the week against Jefferson. The performance was impressive enough that the National Junior College Athletic Association named Albuquerque its Men’s Soccer D-III Player of the Week. The seven-point performance left the freshman striker in the nation’s top-five in goals and points after weekend action concluded.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information


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