Keuka College Loses to Sage in Men’s Volleyball

Christian Nickerson (1) had 8 kills for Keuka College on Sunday
Christian Nickerson (1) had 8 kills for Keuka College on Sunday

ERIE, Pa. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team lost on Sunday to Sage Colleges 3-1 in the final match of the Penn St.-Behrend Tournament.

Connor Gail led Keuka College (1-7) with 17 kills in the match. JP Nery added 10 kills and Christian Nickerson finished with eight. Senior setter Chris Corcoran had 34 assists for the Wolves.

Sage Colleges 3 vs. Keuka College 1 – 25-14, 28-26, 20-25, 25-17

With the opening set tied at 5-5, Sage scored nine of the next ten points to build a 14-6 lead over Keuka College. The Wolves had 10 kills, but six errors in the set as the Gators won the first 25-14.

Keuka College had 16 kills in the second set, their most in a single set in the match. The second was tied numerous times throughout play, but Keuka College pulled ahead late. Three straight points had the Wolves serving for the set at 24-22. However, the Gators would convert three straight. Keuka answered to tie it at 25-25 and later tied it at 26-26, but Sage got the final two points to win the second 28-26 and take a 2-0 lead in the set.

The third set was tied at 9-9 before the Wolves went on a run. The Green and Gold won five straight to take a 14-9 lead, forcing Sage into a timeout. The Gators would later respond with a five point run of their own, but Keuka College was able pull ahead late. A kill by Christian Nickerson gave the Wolves a 25-20 third set victory, extending the match.

Sage responded in the fourth. They would build an early lead over the Wolves. The Gators led by as many as eight in the frame. They would carry that margin to the end, winning the fourth set 25-17, taking the match 3-1.

KC Notes:

  • Sage College now has a 3-2 advantage over Keuka College all-time
  • The Gators have won the last two meetings with the Wolves
  • Keuka College had 49 kills in the match, the second most in a single match this season
  • 49 kills ties for the ninth most in a four-set match in school history
  • 28 errors for the Wolves tied their season-high
  • Connor Gail's 17 kills is the seventh most in a four-set match in Keuka College history

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will play their first home match of the season on next Saturday, February 17. Keuka College will host D'Youville College at 11am at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center. It will also be the first North Eastern Athletic Conference match of the season.