Wolves Sweep Day 1 of Keuka College Invitational

Photo by Brooks Vertoske
Photo by Brooks Vertoske

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Women's Volleyball team had a strong start to their home tournament, the Keuka College Invitational, that began on Friday at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

Keuka College (2-5) opened the day with a straight-set victory over Alfred State. In the nightcap, Keuka College earned an impressive five-set victory against Hartwick College.

Keuka College 3 vs. Alfred State 0 – 25-19, 25-23, 25-17

Alfred State got out to a quick start against the Wolves and held a 9-6 lead early in the first set. Keuka College would bounce back with seven straight points to build a 13-9 lead. Keuka would ride that advantage to the end and got a kill from Abby Anderson to end the first set in favor of Keuka, 25-19.

The Pioneers would once again lead early against the Wolves. They would hold a six-point advantage at 15-9. With Alfred State holding a 19-15 lead, the Wolves scored seven straight on the serve of Lauren Kuipers. The Wolves would take the second set 25-23.

The tides turned in the third set with Keuka College taking the early lead. The Wolves scored the first eight points of the set. Keuka would never trail in the set as Shelby Burgess ended the match with an ace to give Keuka the straight set victory.

Lead Wolf: Freshman Kalynne Myers had a then career-high seven kills for the Wolves, posting a .600 hitting percentage.

Keuka College 3 vs. Hartwick College 2 – 30-28, 23-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-10

Keuka College built an early lead in match two on Friday night. However, the Hawks would fight back. As the set worked towards the end, both teams would have chance to serve for the set. Keuka would pull it out, winning the first set 30-28 with an impressive 18 kills in the frame.

Hartwick College responded, taking an early lead, but the Wolves came back to tie it. There would be multiple ties in the frame. With the set tied at 22-22, Hartwick took advantage of a pair of Keuka errors and ended it with a kill, taking the second set 25-23, levelling the match.

The Hawks again took an early lead at 12-7, but the Wolves scored eight straight to take a 15-12 lead. Hartwick responded with five straight of their own to regain the lead at 17-15. Once again, the set would be tied late, 23-23, but Hartwick pulled out the final two points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Wolves had to fight to stay alive in the fourth. Hartwick would lead by as many as six in the frame and hand a chance to serve for the match at 24-20. The Wolves got a kill from Myers to regain control of the serve. With Lauren Kuipers serving, Keuka would score five straight points. A kill by Alyssa Rex would complete the comeback, giving the Wolves a 26-24 victory and sending the match to a fifth and final set.

The Green and Gold came out flying in the fifth set, building an 11-2 lead. Hartwick attempted a comeback and a service error gave the Wolves the set 15-10, winning the match 3-2.

Lead Wolf: Lauren Moelbert led the Wolves in kills in both matches. The senior tied her career-high with 19 kills against the Hawks and added three aces and eight digs in the win.

KC Notes:

  • The win against Alfred State was the first in school history. The Pioneers previously won six straight matches, dating back to 1980
  • The Wolves improved to 9-6 all-time against Hartwick College
  • Keuka has won three straight matches in the Keuka College invitational
  • Freshman Kalynne Myers topped her newly minted career-high from the first match in the second match, hitting 14 kills against Hartwick
  • Senior Emily Cottrell recorded her first career double-double with 25 digs and 10 assists. Both totals set a new career-high for Cottrell

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will conclude the Keuka College Invitational on Saturday. The day with start with a showdown with undefeated SUNY Canton at 11am. The Green and Gold will then close the tournament at 3pm with a match against Hilbert College.