The Keuka College men's volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to SUNYIT Tuesday night on Senior Night inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Senior Devin Lesch (San Diego, Calif./El Cajon Valley) hit .333 with four kills and no errors in 12 attempts, and also added five blocks while classmate Ryan Kelly (Clifton Springs, NY/Midlakes) recorded seven kills with two blocks, but it wasn't enough as the Storm (9-14, 3-4 NEAC) fell to their rivals from SUNYIT (17-4, 6-1 NEAC).
Keuka lost the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-22, won the third set, 25-23, but dropped a back-and-forth fourth set by a score of 25-23.
Freshman Derek Hosken (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) added a career-high 10 kills with five blocks while sophomore Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) had 8 kills with 8 digs and 2 blocks for the Green and Gold.
Hosken sported a .286 hitting percentage after having four errors in 21 attempts to lead the Storm.
Sophomore Tom Campbell (Penfield, NY/Penfield) recorded 11 kills with 6 digs and 5 blocks, classmate Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) had 11 digs and freshman Brandon Mitu (Richmond, B.C./A.R. MacNeill) tallied 33 assists with 6 digs, 2 kills and 2 blocks in the loss.
With the loss, Keuka is officially eliminated from the race for a berth in the NEAC postseason tournament. As a first-year program, the Storm claimed the inaugural NEAC championship during the 2013 season.
After dropping the first two sets, Hinman had a block for a 23-20 lead and Hosken added a kill to bring up set point, 24-21. IT won the next two to claw within 24-23 before a service error gave the set to the Storm.
SUNYIT jumped out to leads of 7-1 and 9-3 in the fourth set, but the Green and Gold chipped away and were only down 18-16 on a block from Campbell.
A kill from Kelly sliced the deficit to 18-17, and after the schools traded points, Campbell had another kill to knot the score at 20 before the Wildcats pulled away for the win.
Keuka closes out the season with a NEAC clash against Lancaster Bible College at 4 p.m. Saturday.