Men’s Volleyball Falls to SUNYIT on Senior Night

Keuka College's men's volleyball program honored seniors Ryan Kelly (left) and Devin Lesch (right) before Tuesday's four-set loss to SUNYIT. Head coach Ben Guiliano is in the middle (photo courtesy of Carly Volante, Keuka College Sports Information Department).
Keuka College's men's volleyball program honored seniors Ryan Kelly (left) and Devin Lesch (right) before Tuesday's four-set loss to SUNYIT. Head coach Ben Guiliano is in the middle (photo courtesy of Carly Volante, Keuka College Sports Information Department).

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.