Men’s Volleyball Opens 2-0 in NEAC Play

Junior Tom Campbell (no. 5) equaled his career-high with 13 kills as the Keuka College men's volleyball team knocked off Lancaster Bible College and Penn State-Altoona to extend its winning streak to seven (photo courtesy of Megan Chase, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Junior Tom Campbell (no. 5) equaled his career-high with 13 kills as the Keuka College men's volleyball team knocked off Lancaster Bible College and Penn State-Altoona to extend its winning streak to seven (photo courtesy of Megan Chase, Keuka College Sports Information department).

Junior Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) and freshman Aaron Brill (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes) recorded a pair of matches with double-digit kill totals to lift the Keuka College men's volleyball team to a pair of wins during the first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover of the season.

Hinman, the reigning NEAC Player of the Year, recorded 27 kills with eight digs, and Brill finished with 23 kills and 10 digs in wins over Lancaster Bible College and Penn State-Altoona.

Keuka (9-2, 2-0 NEAC) swept Lancaster Bible by scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-21. Taking on Penn State-Altoona, Keuka lost the first set 25-23, then won the next three, 25-13, 25-21 and 25-23 to win for the seventh straight time.

Brill recorded 10 kills with 4 digs and 3 aces, and Hinman added 11 kills with three digs as the Wolfpack swept Lancaster Bible.

Hinman then recorded 16 kills with five digs, and Brill added a career-high 13 kills with six digs in the win over Altoona.

Junior Tom Campbell (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) matched his career-high with 13 kills against Altoona, sporting a .500 hitting percentage with one error in 24 attempts.

Campbell also had four blocks, while freshman Tim Jackson (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) matched his career-high with 10 kills and classmate Chris Corcoran (Big Flats, N.Y./Horseheads) handed out a career-high 54 assists to go with 5 digs and 4 blocks against the Nittany Lions.

Junior Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) finished with 6 kills, 2 blocks and 2 digs and had a .500 hitting percentage (no errors in 12 attacks), while classmate Cooper Lyon (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) recorded 13 digs in the win over Altoona.

Keuka hit .254 after recording 58 kills with 25 errors in 130 attacks. During the second set, the Wolfpack hit .550 with one error in 20 attacks, and hit at least .156 in all four sets to pull out the win.

Taking on Lancaster Bible College, Jackson added eight kills, Corcoran handed out 25 assists with five digs, and Makin added 3 kills with 2 aces and 2 digs.

The Wolfpack trailed 5-4 in the first set before winning 17 of the next 24 points to take a 21-12 lead on an ace from Makin.

Lancaster Bible won the next four points to pull within 21-16, but Keuka won the set thanks to a kill from Brill and three straight attack errors by the Chargers.

In the second set, the Wolfpack led 16-10 and 19-14, but the Chargers eventually sliced the lead to 21-19 on a kill from T.J. Forsythe.

Brill then hammered home a kill and an ace for a 23-19 lead, and Hinman brought up set point with a kill. The Chargers won the next two points to trail 24-21, but Hinman put Keuka up 2-0 with another kill to clinch the set.

The Green and Gold host Wells College at 6 p.m. Friday night before traveling to defending NEAC champion SUNY Polytechnic for a noon match Saturday.