Men’s Volleyball Gives Nationally-Ranked Naz a Battle

Junior Connor Hinman had 14 kills with nine digs as men's volleyball dropped a four-set decision to nationally-ranked Nazareth.
Junior Connor Hinman had 14 kills with nine digs as men's volleyball dropped a four-set decision to nationally-ranked Nazareth.

The Keuka College men's volleyball team welcomed nationally-ranked Nazareth College to campus for a non-conference clash Wednesday night.

Junior Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) recorded 14 kills with 9 digs and 3 blocks, and freshman Aaron Brill (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes) had 11 kills with five digs as Keuka (10-4) gave No. 8 Nazareth (18-3) a battle before falling in four sets.

Keuka had set point in the first before suffering a 27-25 loss in the opening set. After falling 25-15 in the second, the Wolfpack bounced back with a 25-19 win in the third set.

But the Golden Flyers proved to be too much, prevailing by a 25-19 score to complete the four-set win.

Brill hit .333 (two errors in 27 attacks), and Hinman hit .286 (six errors in 28 attacks) against Nazareth, which has won four straight and six of its last seven matches.

Freshman Chris Corcoran (Big Flats, N.Y./Horseheads) handed out 30 assists with three digs, freshman Tim Jackson (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) added 6 kills with 2 digs and 2 blocks, and junior Tom Campbell (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) had 5 kills with 3 digs and 3 blocks in the loss.

Junior Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) recorded five kills with four blocks and hit .500 (no errors in 10 attacks), and classmate Cooper Lyon (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) tallied 15 digs for the Green and Gold.

Hinman had six kills and Jackson added four kills during a back-and-forth first set. Trailing 14-11, Jackson and Campbell each had kills, and Brill hammered home an ace to give Keuka a 15-14 lead.

The two schools traded points and Keuka trailed 21-20 until Makin hit a kill and sophomore Jared Kucko (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) drilled an ace for a 22-21 Wolfpack lead.

Keuka had set point, but Nazareth staved it off. Trailing 25-24, Hinman hit a kill to knot the score at 25, but the Golden Flyers won the next two points to take the set.

After dropping the second set, Keuka fell behind 4-2, 7-5 and 11-8 in the third set before staging a comeback.

Hinman recorded back-to-back kills to even the set at 12 and kick off a 5-0 run as the Wolfpack led 15-12. Again the two teams traded points, but Keuka took a 21-17 lead on a kill from Brill, and capitalized on two service errors to lead 23-19.

Makin had a kill to bring about set point, then Hinman and Makin shared a block to lift the Wolfpack to the third-set win.

In the fourth, Keuka fell behind 12-8 but won five of the next seven points to pull within 14-13. Nazareth responded with a 5-0 run and led 18-13, but Brill hit a kill and Corcoran had a block to slice the lead to 18-15.

Nazareth answered with a 7-4 run to close out the match. The Golden Flyers were led by Grant Levermore (7 kills, 3 digs, 3 blocks), Chris Mahan (seven kills), and Josh Hieb (seven kills).

The Green and Gold travel to Penn State-Altoona for a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover Friday and Saturday. Keuka plays D'Youville College at 6 p.m. Friday, and Hilbert College at 9 a.m. and Medaille College at 3 p.m. Saturday.