Women’s Volleyball Drops Pair at Houghton Tri-Match

Erika Shepard (15) led Keuka College in kills, digs, and aces in both matches on Saturday
Erika Shepard (15) led Keuka College in kills, digs, and aces in both matches on Saturday

HOUGHTON, N.Y. — In two rematches from earlier this season, the Keuka College Women's Volleyball team lost both ends of a tri-match at Houghton College on Saturday.

Keuka College (5-12) was swept in both matches against Houghton and Wells College.

Houghton College 3 vs. Keuka College 0 – 25-20, 25-21, 25-21

The Wolves opened a 5-2 lead over the host Highlanders and held that lead until midway through the set. Houghton converted four straight to tie the set a 14-14 and then take a 17-14 lead. The Highlanders played from ahead the rest of the set as they defeated the Wolves 25-20.

The Highlanders continued the momentum as they built a 6-0 lead over the Wolves. Houghton would lead by as many as nine points in the set. The Wolves cut into the lead, winning seven of eight points to cut the margin to two at 22-20. Houghton got back-to-back kills in the end to defeat the Wolves 25-21 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Keuka College had the strong start in set three. Buoyed by three straight aces by Erika Shepard, the Wolves built a 7-2 lead over the Highlanders. Houghton rallied to cut into the margin. Both teams would lead in the set and there would be numerous ties. Keuka College drew level at 21-21 on an ace by Delaney Yorks. However, Houghton scored the next four points to win the third set 25-21 and sweep the match.

Lead Wolf: Erika Shepard led the Wolves with seven kills in the match. Shepard also had four aces and led Keuka College with seven digs against the Highlanders.

Wells College 3 vs. Keuka College 0 – 25-22, 25-22, 25-17

Keuka College led early over the Express and extended their lead on the serve of Ericka Carlson. The freshman took over with the score 13-12 and left the service line with Keuka leading 19-13. Wells College went on a run as the Express scored 13 of the next 16 points. A pair of blocks by Wells ended the set 25-22 in favor of the Express.

The Wolves would not be deterred as Keuka scored the first four points of the second set. Keuka College would lead by as many as six, holding a 14-8 advantage over the Express. The Green and Gold later led at 20-17 before Wells college scored five straight to take a 22-20 lead. The Express saw the set out, getting a kill to make it 25-22 to win the second.

The Express led throughout the third set. The Express had 11 kills while the Wolves had just four kills and hit seven errors. Wells won the third set 25-17 to win the match 3-0.

Lead Wolf: Shepard once again led the Wolves in kills, aces, and digs. The California-native had seven kills, three aces, and 13 digs against the Express.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College falls to 1-13 all-time against Houghton College and 6-9 against Wells College
  • The Wolves have lost 13 straight matches to the Highlanders and have an eight-match losing streak to the Express
  • Delaney Yorks surpassed 100 career digs on Saturday
  • Grace Allen tied Shepard for the team-lead with seven kills against Wells College
  • Abby Anderson had four blocks against Wells College as she surpassed 100 blocks for her career
  • Yorks led the Wolves in both matches and combined for 21 assists on Saturday, reaching the 300 assist plateau on the season

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves have a week off before returning to the court. Keuka College will be on the road next weekend for a key North Eastern Athletic Conference matches. The Wolves will face Penn St.-Abington and Penn St.-Harrisburg at Spooky Nook Sports in Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 12.