The Genesee Community College volleyball team may have dropped its opening match of the season 3-1 to Erie, but showed tremendous perseverance in the process.
The Cougars were just a handful of plays away from sweeping the Kats on their court. The combined set scores from the first three favored Erie by just a pair of points at 75-73.
In the first three sets, Genesee battled back from a minimum of six points to as much as seven in edge-of-the-seat action that went back-and-forth all night long.
In the first two sets, it couldn't have been closer. Erie took the first 25-23 with the second set being as close with Erie winning 27-25.
In the third set, the Genesee rally paid dividends with their first set win of the season at 25-23. The Cougars stayed even with the Kats for about half of the fourth set before falling 25-19.
Genesee's play looks promising after taking a nationally-ranked team from last year to the brink, especially when you factor in opening-day jitters.
The Cougars will next host three other teams in their home opener Sept. 8 with play set to begin around 9 a.m.