Men’s Volleyball Finishes 4-0 at Keuka Invite

Freshman Aaron Brill (leaping) tallied 40 kills with 22 digs to spark men's volleyball to a 4-0 effort at the annual Keuka Invitational (photo courtesy of Megan Chase, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Freshman Aaron Brill (leaping) tallied 40 kills with 22 digs to spark men's volleyball to a 4-0 effort at the annual Keuka Invitational (photo courtesy of Megan Chase, Keuka College Sports Information department).

The Keuka College men's volleyball team finished with a perfect 4-0 record at the second annual Keuka Invitational, held Friday-Sunday inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.

Keuka (7-2) swept Elms College and knocked off Sage College in five sets on Saturday, then the Wolfpack extended their win streak to five with a sweep of Regis (Mass.) College Sunday morning.

The Wolfpack defeated Elms by scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-9 before staging a comeback in besting Sage. The Green and Gold dropped the first two sets, 29-27 and 25-23, before storming back to win the next three, 25-16, 25-15 and 15-12.

On Sunday, Keuka prevailed by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-23 to secure its fifth win by sweep this year.

"Our goal heading into the NEAC schedule was to get to 7-2, and we knew that we would have to work hard for it. But coming in and being 7-2 heading into NEAC play is really big for this team," said freshman Aaron Brill (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes), who tallied 40 kills with 22 digs during the Keuka Invite.

"Our hitting percentage is really what carried us this weekend. We got contributions from everybody. Guys came off the bench and contributed and whoever needed to come in was able to step up and contribute, and that makes us a good team."

Junior Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) recorded 31 kills with 18 digs and 8 service aces, and freshman Tim Jackson (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) added 17 kills with seven blocks in Saturday's two wins.

Brill added 18 kills with six digs and junior Tom Campbell (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) recorded 10 kills with five blocks in the wins over Elms and Sage.

Freshman Chris Corcoran (Big Flats, N.Y./Horseheads) finished with 36 assists, junior Cooper Lyon (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) tallied 35 digs, and classmate Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) had seven blocks with six kills in the two Saturday matches.

In the comeback win over Sage, Hinman tallied a career-high 24 kills with 10 digs and 3 blocks. Hinman recorded a .353 hitting percentage after having six errors in 51 attempts, while Lyon added a career-high 29 digs and Brill had a career-high 12 kills in the five-set triumph.

Jackson tallied nine kills with a career-high six blocks, freshman Connor Gail (Euclid, Ohio/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) handed out a career-high 37 assists, and Campbell added eight kills with five blocks vs. Sage.

Taking on Elms, Hinman had 8 digs with a career-high 7 aces and 7 kills, Jackson added eight kills, and Brill posted 6 kills with 2 aces and 2 digs.

Hinman hit .500 with no errors in 14 attacks, while Jackson hit .462 with two errors in 13 attacks, and Brill hit .429 with no errors in 14 attacks.

Corcoran also handed out 25 assists as the Wolfpack earned their fifth win by sweep.

Hosting Regis, Hinman recorded 13 kills with seven digs, Brill had 12 kills with 9 digs, 2 blocks and 2 aces, and Makin added seven kills with 6 blocks and 3 digs in the sweep.

Campbell added 7 kills with 6 blocks and 3 digs, Corcoran had 36 assists with 5 digs and 5 blocks, and Lyon added 10 digs for the Green and Gold.

Makin hit .538 with no errors in 13 attempts, Brill hit .296 with four errors in 27 attacks, and Hinman hit .267 after five errors in 30 attacks.

Keuka led 19-12 in the first set, but Regis (2-4) closed within 22-20. A kill from Brill and Campbell brought about set point with the Wolfpack ahead 24-20, but Regis won the next two points to pull within two.

Brill then closed out the set with a cross-court kill.

Leading 23-19 in the second set, Hinman delivered a kill and Campbell served up the winning point as the Wolfpack prevailed 25-19.

Keuka started fast in the third and led 19-15 before Regis went on a 5-1 run to pull even at 20. Leading 24-23, Makin closed out the match with his seventh kill to clinch the sweep.

The Green and Gold travel to Lancaster Bible College to open up North Eastern Athletic Conference play on Saturday with matches against Penn State-Altoona (2 p.m.) and Lancaster Bible College (4 p.m.).