Wolves Fall in Five at Wells College

Grace Allen (9) had a career-high seven kills for Keuka College
Grace Allen (9) had a career-high seven kills for Keuka College

AURORA, N.Y. – The Keuka College Women's Volleyball dropped their North Eastern Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday, losing to hosts Wells College 3-2.

Keuka College (1-8, 0-1 NEAC) was led by a pair of seniors. Meg Calhoun and Jadine Buddingh each posted a team-high 13 kills in the match. Alyssa Rex had 29 assists. The defense was paced by Emily Cottrell and Brittany Vergason. They finished with 23 and 21 digs, respectively.

Wells College 3 (25, 24, 20, 25, 17) vs. Keuka College 2 (14, 26, 25, 22, 15)

The Express started out strong, leading the entire way in the first set on their way to the 25-14 victory. It was Keuka College who responded in the second. The Wolves built and early lead, but Wells came back to tie it at 12-12. Wells led 18-15 in the set before Keuka College scored five straight to take a 20-18 lead. However Wells had a five point run of their own in them as well. Keuka battled to tie the match at 23-23. After Wells took a one point lead, Keuka scored three straight. The deciding point in the set came on a solo block by Katelyn Warren for the 26-24 victory.

The Wolves rode that momentum, leading by as many as six during the third set. Alyssa Rex had an ace to end the set at 25-20 in favor of the Wolves, giving Keuka a 2-1 lead in the match. The fourth set was extremely close with one team tying the score 14 times during the set. In the end, the Express pulled it out for a 25-22 fourth set victory, sending the match to a fifth and final set.

Wells College built a 10-4 lead in the fifth set before the Wolves came roaring back. Four straight points by Keuka forced an Express timeout. Keuka then tied the match and took a 15-14 lead, serving for the match. However wells got a kill to tie it at 15-15. The Express then took advantage of an error to serve for the match and closed it out with a kill, winning the fifth set 17-15 and the match 3-2.

KC Notes:

  • Wells College now has a four-match winning streak over Keuka College. However the Wolves still hold the all-time lead in a series that started in 1975. Keuka College is 6-5 all-time against Wells College
  • The loss snapped a modest two-match winning streak for Keuka College in games that went five sets
  • The Wolves had a season-high in kills (49), assists (46), digs (75), and solo blocks (4)
  • Grace Allen set a new career-high with seven kills in the match
  • The 13 kills by Meg Calhoun set a new career best
  • It was a career-high in digs for both Emily Cottrell and Brittany Vergason

Coming up for Keuka College: The Wolves will return to the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center on Saturday to host SUNY Cobleskill in a North Eastern Athletic Conference match. The Wolves will look to continue their perfect record over the Fighting Tigers. Keuka College has won all 16 matches, including the nine conference meetings.