Men’s Volleyball Splits Tri-Match to Close Regular Season

Photo by Sarah Tyler
Photo by Sarah Tyler

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team split a home tri-match on Saturday at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center to close the regular season.

Keuka College (13-12, 4-6 NEAC) swept the College of St. Elizabeth in a North Eastern Athletic Conference match to open the day. The Wolves then closed with a five-set loss to Cairn University.

Keuka College 3 vs. College of St. Elizabeth 0 – 25-17, 25-21, 25-19

Keuka College jumped out to an early lead on Saturday behind an efficient attack. The Wolves had 11 kills against just one error in the opening frame as they won the first 25-17.

The Wolves increased the offensive output with 13 kills in a 25-21 second set victory. The Green and Gold then closed it out with 15 kills, winning the third set 25-19, sweeping the match.

Lead Wolf: In his final games at Keuka College, senior Christian Nickerson led the Keuka attack with eight kills against the Eagles.

Cairn University 3 at Keuka College 2 – 25-19, 18-25, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12

The Wolves fell behind early, posting a negative hitting percentage in the first set as the Highlanders topped the Wolves 25-19.

Keuka College responded as the Wolves took the lead early in the second set and held on throughout. A kill by Brad McKnight levelled the match at 1-1 as Keuka won the second 25-18.

The Green and Gold scored seven straight early in the third to build an 8-2 lead. Christian Nickerson hit an ace to close the set with the Wolves winning 25-18, taking a 2-1 lead in the match.

However, Cairn took the lead in the fourth and Keuka was never able to overcome it. The Highlanders won the fourth set 25-20, forcing a fifth and final set.

Keuka had the serve to start and took the opening two points, but Cairn scored the next four to take the lead. It would be the Highlanders who forced the change-over at 8-5. Keuka College would twice shrink the game to one point, but were unable to re-tie the set as Cairn won the final set 15-12, winning the match 3-2.

Lead Wolves: Keuka posted a balanced attack in the finale. JP Nery led the way with 14 kills. Brad McKnight was right behind him with 11 and Christian Nickerson was also in double-digits with 10 kills in the loss.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College improves to 3-0 against St. Elizabeth. The Wolves swept all three meetings
  • Saturday was just the second meeting between Cairn and Keuka, but the Highlanders defeated the Wolves in five sets in both matches
  • The Wolves finished the regular season with 13 wins, third most in program history. Their eight home wins ties the program record
  • JP Nery moved into a tie for fourth on the career kills list at Keuka College with Aaron Brill at 402 career kills
  • Kamren Record had 35 assists against St. Elizabeth and 41 against Cairn. Both rank in the top ten for most assists in a three and five set match, respectively

Up Next for Keuka College: Saturday was the final games of the regular season. Keuka College qualified for the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament. The Wolves will be the four seed and face top-seeded hosts Lancaster Bible College at 12pm on Saturday, April 13.