Wolves Fall to Wildcats in Straight Sets

Lauren Moelbert (20) led the Wolves with 11 kills on Wednesday -- Photo by Ed Webber
Lauren Moelbert (20) led the Wolves with 11 kills on Wednesday -- Photo by Ed Webber

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Women's Volleyball team lost in straight sets on Wednesday to SUNY Poly in a North Eastern Athletic Conference match at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

Keuka College (11-15, 7-4 NEAC) was led by 11 kills from senior Lauren Moelbert. Grace Allen added six kills in the match. Alyssa Rex finished with 23 assists and three aces while Emily Cottrell added 10 digs.

SUNY Poly 3 at Keuka College 0 – 25-21, 27-25, 25-21

The Wolves jumped out to an early lead on the Wildcats, but SUNY Poly would rally to tie it at 10-10 and then take the lead. The lead would bounce back and forth between the two teams. A kill by Lauren Moelbert tied the set back at 19-19, but the Wildcats responded with three straight points to regain the lead. They would continue onto the 25-21 first set victory.

Keuka College would be the one to fight back in the second set. SUNY Poly built a 16-11 lead over the Wolves. The Green and Gold got a kill by Grace Allen to regain the serve. That sparked eight straight points for Keuka as they led 19-16. Poly responded with four straight to take a 20-19 lead, but Keuka was there with an answer, scoring three straight to make it 22-20. SUNY Poly took the lead back and served for the set. Abby Anderson extended it with a kill. Following a Wildcat error, it was Keuka's turn to serve for the set. On the ensuing point, the Wolves committed an error. SUNY Poly then won the final two points as they won the second set 27-25, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Keuka College took a slight 16-15 lead midway through the third, but the Wildcats responded with five straight points to take control of the set. The Wolves staved off two match points with a kill by Kelsie Allen and an ace from Kayla Brown, but SUNY Poly would get a kill to end the third set 25-21, sweeping the match.

KC Notes:

  • Despite the loss, Keuka College still holds a 17-12 advantage in the all-time series. However, SUNY Poly has a 6-5 lead in NEAC contests
  • The Wolves had 133 attempts in the match, the ninth most in a three-set match in program history
  • Emily Cottrell had an ace for the Wolves to give her 39 on the season, tying her career-best performance previously set in 2016

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves are right back in action on their home floor tomorrow night as Keuka College hosts Alfred University at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center. Thursday will also be Senior Night for the 2018 Keuka College Women's Volleyball team and will feature a special pre-match ceremony to honor the seniors on this year's team.