COLLEGE RECAP: Lakers women’s volleyball finishes 7th in the nation | Sports

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — For the second year in a row, Finger Lakes Community College women’s volleyball has proven to be one of the best programs in the country in NJCAA Division III.

After a blowout and upset victory in the first round in Minnesota, the Lakers (31-12) fell to DuPage in the quarterfinals but didn’t finish. The team had a few more consolation games left to play.

A five set loss to Dutchess Community College followed and in their final match of the year, FLCC faced familiar foe Fulton-Montgomery CC and won in four sets, 25-20, 27-25, 20-25, 25-18. . It was the fourth meeting between the two programs in the 2022 season, and Fulton-Montgomery had taken a 2-1 lead.

With the win, the Lakers finished seventh in the nation in NJCAA DIII for the second straight season.

Freshman Kaidyn VanDelinder led the way for FLCC against the Raiders, finishing with a season-high 13 kills to go with two blocks, two block assists and a dig. All in all, VanDelinder had 16 points in the game.

Her teammate Brooke DeGroff had an excellent tournament and season and finished with eight kills, six aces, 12 digs and one block assist.

On defense, Olivia Sheehan had 17 digs and Adriana Botello added nine digs. Meghan Johnson added seven kills, a pair of aces and 10 digs. Megan Sanford had 10 kills and one dig.

The win ties the Lakers’ highest finish in the NJCAA DIII women’s national volleyball tournament.

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Hobart No. 1 in the nation

For the first time in program history, Hobart Ice Hockey was voted the No. 1 Division III program in the nation by, receiving 17 first-place votes.

Hobart’s previous high was No. 2. The Statesmen placed second last week with a first-place vote and in 2019 and were No. 2 in the 2013 survey.

The Statesmen are 6-0-0 and are off to their best start since the 2007-08 season. Of the teams that have played games, the Statesmen are the only team in the country to get through the first three weeks of the season without a blemish on their record. NESCAC schools begin play this weekend.

Statistically, the Statesmen are first in the nation in winning percentage (1.000), second in scoring margin (+3.00gpg) and scoring defense (1.50), third in power play percentage (.409), fourth in assists by team (45), fifth in offensive scoring (4.50) and total points (72) and twentieth in penalty percentage (.895).

After a five-game home series to kick off the season, the Statesmen sit out the road this weekend with a Friday game against Johnson & Wales University followed by a Saturday game at UMass Boston.


William Smith will face Amherst in Cleveland

GENEVA — The Herons will face their second straight NESCAC school in the Division III women’s soccer tournament. After dispatching Tufts 1-0, William Smith heads to Cleveland to face Amherst College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The No. 6 ranked Herons and No. 8 ranked Mammoths have met just four times in their histories with William Smith holding a 3-1 lead. After losing the first meeting in 2001, the Herons have won the last three games in 2008, 2016 and 2018.

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Amherst reached the third round with a 1-0 win over RIT, whom William Smith beat 4-1 in September and then on penalties in the first round of the Liberty League.


hobart goes bowling

For the third season in a row, Hobart football will play in a bowl game to conclude their season. The Statesmen will travel to Washington & Jefferson College to take on the Presidents on Saturday, November 19 at the ECAC Asa S. Bushnell Bowl.

Kickoff at Cameron Stadium in Washington, Pennsylvania, is scheduled for noon.

The game will be broadcast live on WEOS-FM (89.5/90.3 in Geneva). Online, fans can watch the game at and track live stats on

Saturday’s game will be only the third between statesmen and presidents and the first in 80 years. W&J won the previous two games, 7-0 in 1941 and 25-0 in 1942. W&J finished the regular season with a commanding 56-0 victory over Waynesburg, raising their record to 8-2.