Men’s Volleyball Opens NEAC Schedule with Win Over SUNY Poly

Marcus Davic (9) had 10 kills for Keuka College on Saturday -- Photo by McKenzie Erne '21
Marcus Davic (9) had 10 kills for Keuka College on Saturday -- Photo by McKenzie Erne '21

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team won their 2020 North Eastern Athletic Conference and home opener 3-1 over SUNY Poly on Saturday afternoon at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

Keuka College (3-4, 1-0 NEAC) was led by Brad McKnight. The sophomore posted his first double-double of the season with a team-high 16 kills and 10 digs. Marcus Davic added 10 kills for the Wolves in the win.

Keuka College 3 vs. SUNY Poly 1 – 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21

SUNY Poly jumped out to a 10-2 lead over the Wolves to start the match. Keuka responded with five straight to keep the set within reach. The Wolves came all the way back to tie the set at 15-15. The teams traded rallies as Poly took a lead, but the Wolves came back. In the end, it was SUNY Poly who would prevail, winning the first set 25-23.

The flow would flip in the second set as Keuka College had an early lead. The Wolves extended their advantage to 17-11 on the serve of Marcus Davic, forcing SUNY Poly to a timeout. The Wildcats cut the Keuka lead to two at 22-20, but the Wolves converted the final three points to take the second 25-20 and level the match.

Keuka once again took an early lead over the Wildcats in the third. The Wolves led 7-3, but SUNY Poly tied the match up at 7-7 and later took a 13-10 lead over Keuka. The third proved to be the closest set with four lead changes and the set being tied nine times, both match-highs. Despite the close nature, Keuka played their best set of the match. The Wolves had 11 kills against just two errors, hitting .409 in the set. The Wolves won the third 25-21 to take a 2-1 lead over SUNY Poly.

SUNY Poly took a 10-3 lead to start the fourth, but the Wolves responded immediately on the serve of Cole Riley. During the run, Keuka ended three points with blocks and drew it back to a one-point game at 10-9. Keuka would later tie the set at 11-11. Following the set being tied 13-13, the Wolves began to push a lead. Three straight for SUNY Poly tied the set at 21-21 late, forcing Keuka to use a timeout. After the break, Keuka got kills from Brad McKnight and Solomon Shabazz. McKnight added an aces and Gavin Record ended the match with a kill as the Wolves took the fourth 25-21 to win the match 3-1.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College snapped a nine-game losing streak to SUNY Poly. The Wolves are now 3-16 all-time against the Wildcats
  • It was Keuka's first win over SUNY Poly at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center
  • Keuka won its fourth straight NEAC opener and improve to 6-2 in their first conference game of the season
  • The offense flowed through Kamren Record as the junior finished with 31 assists
  • Keuka had a strong net game against the Wildcats. The Wolves posted 12 blocks as a team, ninth most in a four-set match in program history
  • Emmett O'Brien led the blocking efforts with five total blocks in the match, including a pair of solo blocks

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves remain on their home floor tomorrow as Keuka College closes the weekend against the College of St. Elizabeth in a North Eastern Athletic Conference game. The conference match between the Wolves and the Eagles will start at 1pm at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.