Men’s Volleyball Tops Elmira in Four Sets

Brad McKnight (18) led the Wolves with 12 kills on Wednesday -- Photo by Abby Anderson
Brad McKnight (18) led the Wolves with 12 kills on Wednesday -- Photo by Abby Anderson

KEUKA PARK N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball earned their first win in program history over Elmira College, topping the Soaring Eagles in four sets on Wednesday at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

Keuka College (4-4) was led by a trio with double-digit kills. Brad McKnight led with 12 kills. JP Nery added 11 kills and Gavin Record added 10 kills to go with 11 digs in the win.

Keuka College 3 vs. Elmira College 1 – 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20

The Wolves used quality defense early. A pair of blocks in the opening sequence helped the Green and Gold out to an 8-3 lead. The Wolves were ahead 15-8, forcing Elmira to take a timeout. The Wolves played with the lead in the set. A kill by Brad McKnight ended the first in the favor of the Wolves at 25-17.

Elmira took an early lead but the Wolves fought back to take a 6-5 lead on the serve of Gavin Record. Keuka College scored four straight midway through the set to take a 17-15 lead as Elmira took a timeout. The break snapped the Wolves run and helped Elmira back in the match. The Soaring Eagles took the lead back and scored the final four points of the set to win the second 25-20, levelling the match.

A 5-0 run by Keuka College gave the Wolves a 12-6 lead in the third. The Wolves would control the third set as the took a 2-1 lead in the match, winning the third 25-14.

The fourth got off to a good start in the favor of the Wolves. Off of Kamren Record's serve, the ball went off an Elmira player and back over the net to a waiting Christian Nickerson for the kills. Keuka scored the first four points of the set, forcing an Elmira timeout. The run went to five before the Soaring Eagles got on the board. The set would draw even late as it would be tied 19-19. The Wolves continued to attack as the Green and Gold scored six of the final seven points. The match ended on a kill by Pat Dillon as Keuka College won the fourth and final set 25-20.

KC Notes:

  • It was the first ever win of Keuka College against Elmira College in men's volleyball
  • The Soaring Eagles lead the all-time series 3-1
  • Kamren Record helped facilitate the offense with 36 assists on the night
  • Record also led the Wolves with three aces
  • The Green and Gold were extremely efficient attacking. The Wolves posted a .380 hitting percentage, second-best in a four-set match in program history
  • Libero Seth Welker led the defensive efforts with a match-high 14 digs

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves have a break before their next game. The Green and Gold will return to action next Friday, March 1, as Keuka College hosts John Jay College to open the 2019 Keuka College Invitational. The Wolves will host the Bloodhounds on Friday and then play a pair of matches on both Saturday and Sunday.