Wolves Fall at Home to Elmira

Jared Kucko (10) led Keuka College with 11 kills on Wednesday -- Photo by Abdul Alhumayni
Jared Kucko (10) led Keuka College with 11 kills on Wednesday -- Photo by Abdul Alhumayni

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team fell in straight sets on Wednesday night to Elmira College in a non-conference match.

Keuka College (2-6, 1-4 NEAC) was led by senior Jared Kucko (Horseheads, N.Y. / Horseheads)​ with 11 kills. Connor Gail (Euclid, Ohio / Villa Angela-St. Joseph) ​added 9 kills in the loss. Chris Corcoran (Big Flats, N.Y. / Horseheads) ​finished with 21 assists and Nick Cantando (Horseheads, N.Y. / Horseheads) ​lead Keuka with 8 digs.

Keuka College 0 (21, 18, 25) vs. Elmira College 3 (25, 25, 27)

In a primarily back and forth first set, the Soaring Eagles created separation in the middle of the set, leading by four, before Keuka made a comeback attempt. The Wolves would fall short, however, dropping the first set 25-21. The second set, like the first, started as an even battle. The Soaring Eagles would amass a 22-15 lead and take a 2-0 set lead after winning the second 25-18. In third set, the Wolves would jump out to an early 9-5 lead. Elmira rallied to tie the score at 10-10. The teams stood toe-to-toe from that point until the final point of the set when Elmira College's Jeremy Best got the kill to give the Soaring Eagles a 27-25 win.

Block Party: Sophomore Alex Riley (Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport) continued his strong defensive play for Keuka. He had two solo blocks and two assisted blocks in the match against Elmira. Riley is second on the team with 18 blocks on the season and has recorded at least one in five of the six games Riley has played.

KC Notes:

  • Today was just the second ever matchup between the two schools separated by just 39 miles. Elmira defeated Keuka College 3-1 last year.
  • The Wolves are now 2-3 in home openers
  • Connor Gail broke the tie Devin Lesch on the career kills list. Gail now has 255 in his career, good for fifth all-time
  • Chris Corcoran finished today with 21 assists. He is already climbing the season total list with 222 this season. Corcoran passed Brandon Mitu (217 assists, 2014) for sixth all-time

Coming up for Keuka College: Keuka College will play host to a North Eastern Athletic Conference crossover this weekend. The Wolves will welcome Wells College, SUNY Poly, Medaille College, D'Youville College, and Hilbert College to the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center on Saturday and Sunday. Keuka will face Medaille and D'Youville on Saturday and then face Hilbert on Sunday.