Wolves Drop a Pair of Matches on Sunday

Jared Kucko (10) led Keuka College with 14 total kills on the afternoon
Jared Kucko (10) led Keuka College with 14 total kills on the afternoon

CRESSON, Pa. – The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team lost a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference matches on Sunday. The Wolves fell in the opening match to Lancaster Bible and then dropped the nightcap to hosts Penn St.-Altoona.

Jared Kucko led Keuka College (7-10, 3-8 NEAC) with 14 kills on the afternoon. Connor Gail ended with 13 total kills. Spencer Avery had 21 assists in the opening match against Lancaster Bible College and Chris Corcoran had 25 against the Nittany Lions.

Keuka College 0 (22, 22, 19) vs. Lancaster Bible College 3 (25, 25, 25)

Lancaster Bible College used a 7-1 run in the middle of the first set to grow a lead over Keuka College. Although the Wolves scored six straight points to draw the margin to two, 22-20, the Chargers pulled it out for the 25-22 first set victory. The Wolves grew a 15-11 second set lead, but again, the Chargers went on a 7-1 run to take the lead back from Keuka. Lancaster took a 2-0 match lead after taking the second 25-22. Keuka College led early in the third set, but the Chargers scored 10 out of 11 points to take control of the third. They would go onto win the set 25-19 and the match 3-0.

Lead Wolf: Freshman JP Nery finished the match with five kills and just one error in nine attempts. His .444 hitting percentage was the best on the team and was a match-high.

Keuka College 0 (18, 18, 23) vs. Penn St.-Altoona 3 (25, 25, 25)

Penn St.-Altoona led most of the way in the first set. They totaled 14 kills in the set while Keuka had 10. However the Wolves also had 10 kills in the frame for a .000 hitting percentage. The Nittany Lions took the first set 25-18. Altoona won the second set by the same score after having 14 kills and just three errors in the set. The Wolves fought to stay in the match. They scored eight of nine points midway through the third to take a 17-14 lead. Keuka would lead 22-20, but Penn St.-Altoona scored five of the final six points of the match to come back and win the third set 25-23 and the match 3-0.

Lead Wolf: Spencer Avery had a career-high 18 digs in the match. It set a new Keuka College record for digs in a three set match.

KC Notes:

  • The Wolves are now 6-5 all-time against Lancaster Bible College. Keuka also still holds the advantage in NEAC matches at 5-4
  • Penn St.-Altoona leveled the series with Keuka College at 3-3 within the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The Nittany Lions hold a 5-3 advantage overall.
  • Keuka College had 55 digs in the loss to Penn St.-Altoona. Their defensive performance set a new school record for most digs in a three set match.
  • Connor Gail continues to climb the Keuka College Record Book for kills in a career. He is now at 350 kills, overtaking fourth place from Josh Makin '16
  • As he climbs the list, the career season for Gail continues. He now has a career-best 172 kills in 2017. That ranks as the eighth most in program history.
  • Libero Nick Cantando has cracked the top 10 for most digs in a season at Keuka College. He has totaled 151 this season.

Coming up for Keuka College: The Wolves return home this week of a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference games. Keuka College will host Wells College on Wednesday night and SUNY Poly on Friday night; both matches will be at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center at 7pm.