KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — After dropping the first set, the Keuka College Men's Volleyball team rallied to defeat John Jay College in four sets in the opening game of the Keuka College Invitational at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center on Friday night.
Keuka College (5-4) has a trio of players each finish with nine kills. Brad McKnight, Gavin Record, and Christian Nickerson each led the Wolves attack. Kamren Record finished with 35 assists and Seth Welker added 15 digs.
Keuka College 3 vs. John Jay College 1 – 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15
The Bloodhounds jumped out to an early lead over the Wolves. Keuka College helped John Jay take the lead as the Wolves had 17 total errors in the set, 15 from the floor and a pair from the service line. Keuka made a late run but John Jay won the first 25-23.
Keuka used a 6-0 run in the second to take an early lead. The Wolves were in control throughout. A kill by Christian Nickerson ended the second 25-15, leveling the match.
The third set would be tight throughout. Despite 10 errors in the frame, John Jay kept the match close. Keuka. The Bloodhounds cut the Keuka lead to one point at 20-19, but the Wolves scored five of the final six points of the set, with four coming off of John Jay errors, as Keuka took a 2-1 lead in the match, winning the third 25-20.
Keuka College and John Jay would have multiple ties early in the fourth. Following the set being tied at 10-10, Keuka College scored seven of the next eight points to take control. The Green and Gold closed it out, converting the final four points of the set to win the fourth 25-15.
- Friday was the first ever meeting between John Jay College and Keuka College
- The Wolves won their seventh straight match and improved to 13-2 all-time in their home invitational
- Christian Nickerson finished with a .471 hitting percentage, sixth-best in a four-set match in program history
Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves continue the Keuka College Invitational with a pair of matches on Saturday. Keuka College will host New Jersey City University at 2pm and then face Pratt Institute at 4pm at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.