Men’s Volleyball’s Season Ends in NEAC Tournament

Connor Gail (15) led the Wolves with 14 kills on Tuesday
Connor Gail (15) led the Wolves with 14 kills on Tuesday

MARCY, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team lost on Tuesday in the first round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament to hosts SUNY Poly 3-1 to end their season.

Keuka College finished the 2018 season with a 7-16 record. Connor Gail led the Wolves with 14 kills and fellow senior Alex Riley added 12 in the loss. Gail tied for the team lead in digs with Nick Cantando, each finishing with eight. Senior Chris Corcoran ended his career at Keuka with 30 assists in the match.

SUNY Poly 3 vs. Keuka College 1 – 25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18

The Wildcats opened quickly as they scored 17 of their 25 points via the kill. The Wolves were able to keep it close, narrowing the margin to two at 21-19, but SUNY Poly pulled away for the 25-20 victory.

Second set started as a back-and-forth game with the match being tied and the two teams trading the lead. SUNY Poly would take the lead at 8-7 and held on to it for the rest of the set. The Wildcats won the second 25-18, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Keuka College showed their resiliency in the third set. The Green and Gold took an 11-5 lead over the Wildcats early on. SUNY Poly came back to cut the lead to one, but Keuka College forced a fourth set with a 25-23 victory.

Both teams played evenly in the start of the fourth set as it was tied 13-13. Poly would take the lead but the Wolves drew the margin down to one, 16-15. The Wildcats responded with six unanswered points as they took control of the set. SUNY Poly continued on to the 25-18 fourth set victory, winning the match 3-1.

KC Notes:

  • The Wolves fall to 2-14 all-time against SUNY Poly
  • Tuesday was Keuka's first postseason game since the 2016 season and just the fourth postseason game in program history
  • Keuka College is now 1-1 in the NEAC Tournament against SUNY Poly, previously defeating the Wildcats in the 2013 NEAC Semi-Finals
  • Connor Gail set a new career-high for kills in his final season. The senior totaled 253 this year, passing last season's total of 244 for third most in a season in program history
  • Gail will leave Keuka College with the second-most kills ever, totaling 675 in his career
  • Chris Corcoran entered this season already atop the career assists list at Keuka College. He finished his career with 2217 assists