Wolves Go the Distance, but Drop Pair of NEAC Matches

Grace Zuchlewski (13) set a new career-high with 10 digs against Gallaudet
Grace Zuchlewski (13) set a new career-high with 10 digs against Gallaudet

By Zach Braster '20

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Women's Volleyball team played their first two five-set matches of the season on Saturday, but lost them both in a North Eastern Athletic Conference crossover at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center on Saturday.

Keuka College (5-16, 2-6 NEAC) fell behind 2-0 in the first match against Lancaster Bible College before rallying back to force a fifth set. However, the Wolves would fall in the deciding set.

Against Gallaudet University, Keuka won the first before falling behind 2-1. The Wolves pulled out the fourth, but eventually fell in the final set.

Lancaster Bible College 3 at Keuka College 2 – 25-16, 25-14, 20-25, 18-25, 15-10

The beginning of the first set was a back and forth battle as neither team seemed to have the advantage, leaving us tied 4-4 through the first 8 points played. The Wolves would score the next two points, taking a 6-4 lead before the Lancaster Bible College Chargers would go on a run, scoring the next four points to take an 8-6 lead. Keuka College would score the next point, making it 8-7 before Lancaster Bible officially took over the set and forced the Wolves to take their first timeout behind 15-9. The rest of the set was much of the same as the Chargers would take the set 25-16. Abby Anderson would lead the Wolves with eight digs in this set.

Lancaster Bible would continue their hot start, jumping out to an 8-4 advantage before Keuka would fight back. The Wolves brought the score to within two, making it 9-7. As they did in the first set, the Chargers would go on a run, forcing Keuka College to take their first timeout trailing 18-11. Though the Wolves fought hard, the set would finish with the Chargers winning 25-14. 

Keuka College would come out in the third set with a fire, taking an early 6-0 lead before Lancaster Bible could score their first point of the set. Keuka would fight hard to keep this lead, forcing Lancaster Bible to take their first timeout of the day trailing 13-7. The Chargers would come out of this timeout looking to cut into that lead, coming to within three points and forcing the Wolves to take their second timeout of the set while still leading 17-14. The Chargers would narrow the margin to two, making it 22-20 late in the set, but Keuka College would hang on and score the final three points to win the set 25-20.

The fourth set began as a back and forth battle between the two teams, with Keuka College jumping out to an early 5-3 lead before Lancaster Bible would score four straight points to take the lead 7-5, causing the Wolves to take their first timeout of the set. Keuka College would fight hard to regain their lead, taking over and leading 16-14 through the first 30 serves of the set. The Wolves would take six of the final nine points to keep their hopes of winning the game alive by winning this set 25-18.

Lancaster Bible looked to take over in the fifth and final set as they jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. The teams would switch sides halfway through the set with the Chargers still leading 8-4. Keuka College would look to make a bit of a run mid-set, bringing the score to within two points at 10-8, but Lancaster Bible College would take five out of the final seven points scored to win the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.

Gallaudet University 3 at Keuka College 1 – 24-26, 25-16, 25-11, 17-25, 15-12

Gallaudet University would have the advantage through the first 10 serves of the first set as they held a 7-3 lead. Keuka College wouldn't be outdone though, as they went on to score 9 of the next 12 points to take a 12-10 lead and force the Bison to take their first timeout of the set. The next 18 points played would be a back and forth battle between both teams with Keuka College finally taking their first timeout late in the set trailing 21-19. In the end, Keuka would win the set 26-24 after 11 ties and three total lead changes. Erika Shepard would have three digs in the set to put her at 201 total on the season.

The second set looked much like the first as both teams battled back and forth, neither seeming to grab the advantage. The first timeout of the set was called by Keuka College as they trailed the Bison 13-10. The advantage would shift toward Gallaudet University after this timeout as they would force Keuka College to take their second timeout of the set after jumping out to a 20-14 lead. Gallaudet would continue to have the momentum the rest of this set, winning it 25-16.

The Bison carried the momentum into the third set. Gallaudet staked an early lead and maintained it throughout. The Wolves aided in having their worst attack set of the day, hitting just two kills against seven errors. The Bison would take a 2-1 lead in the match, winning the second set 25-11.

Keuka College would not go quietly on Saturday. The Wolves took the lead over Gallaudet in the fourth set. The Bison would tie the frame midway through at 13-13, but the Green and Gold quickly reestablished their lead. Keuka College would convert seven of the final eight points of the set to win the fourth 25-17, levelling the match and forcing a fifth and final set.

The fifth was a back and forth affair. Gallaudet held a 7-4 lead over the Wolves, but Keuka scored four straight to force the change-over at 8-7. Following the flip, it was Gallaudet who scored four straight to take control of the set. The Bison would continue onto the 15-12 fifth set victory to win the match over Keuka College.

KC Notes:

  • The Wolves are now 7-4 all-time against Lancaster Bible College
  • Gallaudet University won their fifth straight against Keuka and lead the all-time series 9-2
  • Lauren Kuipers combined for 19 digs on the day, giving the sophomore 300 for her career
  • Tionna Moss set a new career-high with 11 kills against Lancaster Bible College
  • Grace Zuchlewski got her first career start against Gallaudet and it paid off as the freshman set a new career-best with 10 digs

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will be on the road at Penn College next weekend for another NEAC Crossover. Keuka College will open the day against Penn St.-Berks on Saturday, October 26 at 4pm. The Green and Gold will then face the host Wildcats at 6pm.