Hunter Drews wrapped up her second season as head coach for the Geneseo women's volleyball program in 2018. Ending her first season as head coach in 2017-2018 with a record of 23-11, Drews has continued to build upon the success of the program in her brief tenure thus far.
With Drews at the helm in the 2017-2018 campaign, the Knights achieved more success than the program had seen in decades. The squad achieved the program’s longest win streak in 19 years with 10 consecutive wins, hosted its first SUNYAC playoff match since 1996 (Quarterfinals vs. SUNY Cortland), clinched 3rd place in the conference tournament, and received an abundance of conference, regional, and national recognition. Four athletes were named to the SUNYAC All-Conference Team – Grace Cergol (1st Team), Samantha Mendelsohn (1st Team), Emily Ast (2nd Team), and Abby May (3rd Team). Mendelsohn was named SUNYAC Tri-Defensive Player of the Year and Cergol was tapped with SUNYAC Offensive Player of the year as well as named to the AVCA’s All-Region First Team (5th in program history) and became an AVCA All-American, being only the second player in program history to do so.
In 2018-2019, Drews kept building. With no graduating seniors after the 2017-2018 campaign, it was a big year for the Knights to hit the ground running under Drews’s leadership. With a final record of 22-10, the Knights clinched the #1 seed in the conference tournament, made their first advance past the conference semi-finals in over seven years, and went undefeated (9-0) in conference play for the first time in program history. While the team fell short to #2 New Paltz in the SUNYAC Championship, the squad received considerable nods from the conference yet again. JR OH Grace Cergol, SR Setter Emily Ast, and JR Libero Samantha Mendelsohn garnered SUNYAC First Team All Conference honors while SO MB Bridget Lougen was named Second Team. Furthermore, FY OH Maddie McLaughlin was named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and Cergol received SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
Drews was a four-year member of the women’s volleyball team at Trinity (Conn.), starting every match for the Bantams during her tenure with the program. A three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team honoree, she graduated magna cum laude with honors in 2016 with a double major in American studies and psychology. Upon graduation from Trinity, Drews served as the assistant coach for the Knights during their 16-17 campaign before being named the program’s head coach in 2017. Drews currently resides in the Rochester area and has been involved with numerous clubs & organizations in the state, including LAVA Volleyball Club and the IREVA High Performance Training Camps.