Keuka College Splits Five-Set Doubleheader at Hiram

Alex Riley (11) had a combined 24 kills on Wednesday at Hiram
Alex Riley (11) had a combined 24 kills on Wednesday at Hiram

HIRAM, Ohio — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team played a rare doubleheader against the same team as they travelled to Hiram College to face the Terriers in a pair of games.

Keuka College (6-14) won the first match in five sets against Hiram, but they fell in the night-cap in a match that also went five sets.

Keuka College 3 at Hiram College 2 – 17-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12

The Terriers came out strong with an impressive 11-kill effort in the first set. Hiram used a pair of 4-0 runs to grow a lead as they won the first set 25-17.

Keuka College took an early lead in set two, scoring six straight points. However, Hiram posted a 7-0 run midway through the set to take a 15-13 lead. Keuka responded to retake the lead and a block by Matthew See and Alex Boglev closed the 25-22 set victory for the Wolves.

Hiram College took a 2-1 lead in the match, winning the third st 25-22. Keuka Took a 15-9 lead in the fourth set, but the Terriers scored six unanswered to tie the match. The run did not phase Keuka as the Wolves answered with five straight points. Keuka won the fourth set 25-18 to force a fifth and final set.

The Wolves scored at 7-7 to force the change-over and that sparked a 4-0 run for Keuka. The Wolves had a chance to serve for the match, but Hiram scored two points to cut the lead to 14-12. Keuka College ended it there as Cole Riley hit home a ball from Chris Corcoran to win the set 15-12 and the match 3-2.

Lead Wolf: Alex Boglev anchored the middle of the court for Keuka College. He tied his career high with six blocks and also added six kills and six digs in the match.

Hiram College 3 vs. Keuka College 2 – 17-25, 19-25, 28-26, 26-24, 15-11

The first set started out very even between the two teams. Hiram would score three straight to tie the set at 16-16. Keuka College responded by scoring nine of the final ten points. The Wolves scored eight straight. After the Terriers snapped the run, Connor Gail ended the set with a kill and Keuka winning tit 25-17.

The Wolves trailed in the second set but used an 8-0 run to take a lead in the set at 10-6. Keuka would not relinquish that lead as they won the second set 25-19, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third, Keuka College trailed 24-21 but was able to fight off multiple set points to extend the frame. The Wolves had a chance to serve for the match at 25-24, but could not end it. Hiram would win the third 28-26, extending the match.

Keuka College again had a chance to serve for the match in the fourth set at 24-23, but Hiram converted three straight points to win the fourth 26-24 and force the second fifth set of the day.

The Terriers used the momentum of two straight narrow wins to their advantage. Hiram College won the fifth set 15-11 to win the match two.

Lead Wolf: Getting the first start of his career, Emmett O'Brien took advantage with a career-game. The sophomore led Keuka College with seven blocks in the match and he also added eight kills for the Wolves.

KC Notes:

  • The doubleheader on Wednesday was the first ever matches between Keuka College and Hiram College
  • Nick Cantando passed Manny Fernandez '13 for fourth on the Keuka College career dig list. He now has 422 in his career at Keuka
  • The Wolves had three different players finish with double-digit digs in Game 1. Cantando led the way with 14, but Matthew See added 11 (a career-high) and Connor Gail finished with 10 for Keuka
  • Senior Alex Riley surpassed 200 kills for his career
  • Nick Cantando also moved into fourth on the single-season dig list with 220 this season
  • The trio of Cantando, See, and Goal each had double-digit digs in match two as well
  • Freshman Kamren Record set a new career-high with 39 assists in match two

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves have a break in their schedule to prepare for the final regular season games of the year. Keuka College will travel to Lancaster Bible College on Friday, April 6 to face the Chargers. The Wolves will then go to New Jersey to play the Eagles of St. Elizabeth on Saturday.