Wolves Sweep Day 2 of Keuka College Invitational

JJ Zwicklbauer (4) had a career-high 10 kills against Pratt -- Photo by Lauren Anten
JJ Zwicklbauer (4) had a career-high 10 kills against Pratt -- Photo by Lauren Anten

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team continued their strong run of play, sweeping Day 2 of the Keuka College Invitational at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

Keuka College (7-4) outlasted New Jersey City University in five sets in the opener before sweeping Pratt Institute to close the day.

Keuka College 3 vs. New Jersey City University 2 – 20-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-9, 15-13

New Jersey City University took an early lead over the Wolves. The Gothic Knights had 12 kills in the frame. The Green and Gold posted 10, but the Wolves also had eight errors as the dropped the first set 25-20.

In a tight second set, Keuka College created separation with five straight points, taking a 20-15 lead. An error by NJCU ended the set with the Wolves winning it 25-18, leveling the match.

The Gothic Knights came out fast as they scored the first seven points against the Wolves. Keuka College fought to get back in the set. A block by Christian Nickerson cut the margin to one, 24-23, but New Jersey City got a kill on the next point to end the third in their advantage, 25-23.

The fourth set was all Keuka College. The Wolves had nine kills in the frame on 13 attempts, without an error. Keuka cruised to a 25-9 victory, lining up a fifth and final set.

New Jersey City took a 6-2 lead in the fifth, but Keuka cut into it. The Gothic Knights would still force the change-over with an 8-6 lead, but Keuka College tied the match at 10-10. The set would be close as it would also be tied at 12-12 and 13-13. In the end, Marcus Davic had a kills for the Wolves to end the fifth 15-13 as Keuka won the match.

Lead Wolf: JP Nery led the Green and Gold with 11 kills against the Gothic Knights. The Wolves took advantage of New Jersey City errors as Nery was the only player with double-digit kills.

Keuka College 3 vs. Pratt Institute 0 – 25-5, 25-12, 25-8

Keuka College controlled the match from the beginning. The Wolves had three kills and nine aces as they won the first set 25-5. The Green and Gold then posted 10 kills as they took the second 25-12. The Wolves continued to increase the offensive output as they had 13 kills in the third set against just won error as they swept the Cannoneers.

Lead Wolf: JJ Zwicklbauer posted a career-high 10 kills for the Wolves in the win.

KC Notes:

  • The Wolves improve to 4-0 all-time against New Jersey City University
  • It was the first time that NJCU and Keuka played a five-set match in their series
  • Saturday was the first ever meeting between Keuka College and Pratt Institute
  • Alex Boglev had six kills against New Jersey City as he surpassed 100 kills for his career
  • Christian Nickerson passed Devin Lesch for eighth on the Keuka College Career Kills list
  • The Wolves set a new school record with a .537 hitting percentage against Pratt Institute

Up Next for Keuka College: The Green and Gold will close the 2019 Keuka College Invitational on Sunday with a pair of matches. The Wolves will open against the Bloodhounds of John Jay College and then face Pratt Institute.