Men’s Volleyball Opens Season with Pair of Wins

Christian Nickerson (1) combined for 9 blocks on the afternoon for Keuka College
Christian Nickerson (1) combined for 9 blocks on the afternoon for Keuka College

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team opened their 2019 season on Saturday with a pair of wins at the Wilkes University Tri-Match in Pennsylvania.

Keuka College (2-0) opened with a five-set victory over Elizabethtown. The Wolves then downed the hosts, Wilkes University, in four sets.

Keuka College 3 vs. Elizabethtown College 2 – 18-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22, 15-13

The Wolves fell behind early as the Blue Jays took the first set, but Keuka fought back in the second. The Wolves posted an early lead and then pulled away in the second. Keuka scored eight of the final nine points of the set, capped by a kill by Gavin Record to win the second 25-16.

Elizabethtown put Keuka's backs against the wall by winning the third set 25-19. The fourth set would be extremely close, but Keuka pulled it out late 25-22 to force a fifth and final set.

The Wolves scored to get the change-over in the fifth following a Brad McKnight kill to make it 8-6. McKnight followed that with an ace, but the Blue Jays got three straight to tie the set at 9-9. The Wolves would eventually regain the lead and take the final set. The match was capped by a kill by Christian Nickerson as Keuka won the fifth set 15-13, winning the match.

Lead Wolf: Freshman Brad McKnight was impressive in his collegiate debut. The Oregon native led the Wolves with 19 kills against the Blue Jays.

Keuka College 3 vs. Wilkes University 1 – 25-20, 25-14, 19-25, 25-20

Keuka College used a 9-1 run midway through the first set to create separation with the host Colonels. Wilkes fought to stay in the set, but Pat Dillon hit an ace to give the Wolves a 25-20 first set victory.

The Wolves pushed their lead to 2-0 following a 25-14 second set victory. Keuka College had 12 kills in the frame against just four errors for a .381 hitting percentage. On the other side of the floor, the Wolves only allowed six kills by Wilkes as the hosts hit .048.

The Colonels would stay alive in the third, but the Wolves ended it in the fourth. Fittingly for the day, it was freshman Brad McKnight closing it out for the Wolves. His 12th kill of the match would end the fourth 25-20 as the Wolves swept the day.

Lead Wolf: McKnight led the Wolves with 12 kills. JP Nery added 11 for Keuka College while hitting .360 against the Colonels.

KC Notes:

  • Saturday was the first ever meeting between Keuka College and Elizabethtown
  • The Wolves improve to 2-0 against Wilkes
  • The 19 kills by McKnight against Elizabethtown tied for the fifth-most in program history in a five-set match
  • Keuka College had an efficient day attacking as their hitting percentage in both matches ranked in the top ten in program history
  • JP Nery passed three people to move to seventh on the Keuka College Career Kills list with 248
  • Christian Nickerson had six blocks against Elizabethtown to pass Alex Riley for sixth on the career list. The senior then added to this total with three more against Wilkes.
  • Kamren Record had a strong day setting for the Wolves, totaling 74 on the afternoon. His 43 against the Blue Jays tied for third most in a five-set match at Keuka

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will remain on the road next weekend with another tri-match in Pennsylvania. Keuka College will travel to Penn St.-Altoona to face the host Lions as well as Geneva College.