Men’s Volleyball Drops Two at Penn St.-Behrend Tournament

Connor Gail (15) had 26 kills on the day, giving him 500 in his career
Connor Gail (15) had 26 kills on the day, giving him 500 in his career

ERIE, Pa. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team fell to the host Lions and to Wittenberg University, both in straight sets, on Saturday in the Penn St.-Behrend Tournament.

Keuka College (1-6) was led by senior Connor Gail with a combined 26 kills on the day. The offense worked though senior setter Chris Corcoran who totaled 50 assists and Nick Cantando led the defensive effort with 17 digs for the Wolves.

Penn St.-Behrend 3 vs. Keuka College 0 – 25-16, 25-14, 26-24

The hosts opened strong against Keuka College on Saturday. They jumped out to a lead and led by as many as nine in the set. They had 13 kills to Keuka's eight in the set as Penn St.-Behrend won the opener 25-16.

The two teams traded points early in the second set. The Wolves hit .125 in the set, but Behrend responded with a .444 hitting percentage in the second, a match-high. Penn St.-Behrend had a six-point run in the set to create separation. They would go on to a two-set lead, winning the second 25-14.

With the third set tied at 8-8, Keuka College scored four straight points to take the lead and forced Behrend into a timeout. They responded to snap the run, but Keuka College carried their lead into the final points. Following a 5-0 run by Penn St.-Behrend, Keuka College scored three straight to have the ability to serve for the set. However, Behrend got the kill and scored the final three points for a 26-24 set victory, sweeping the match 3-0.

Wittenberg University 3 vs. Keuka College 0 – 25-20, 25-19, 25-23

The Tigers scored the first five points of the match to stake an early lead over Keuka College. The Wolves attempted to rally, drawing the margin down to three points multiple times in the set, but the Tigers had the answer. Wittenberg took the opener 25-20 on Saturday.

In the second, Keuka College took an early lead, opening with three straight points. However, Wittenberg responded and took the lead back. Four straight points by the Tigers in the middle of the set gave them a 16-10 lead over Keuka. They would ride that six-point margin to a 25-19 victory, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

With the third set tied at 4-4, Keuka College scored five straight to take a 9-4 lead over Wittenberg. Later in the third, a 4-0 run by Wittenberg tied the set at 13-13. That would start a trend of back-and-forth play with the set being tied eight different times. Wittenberg took the lead late and closed out the match with a 25-23 third set victory.

KC Notes:

  • The loss levels the all-time series between Keuka College and Penn St.-Behrend at 2-2
  • It was the first ever meeting between Keuka College and Wittenberg University
  • Connor Gail became just the third player in Keuka College history to have 500 career kills
  • Chris Corcoran had 13 digs on the day, giving him 404 in his career. He passed Josh Makin '16 for fourth on the career list

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will finish the Penn St.-Behrend Tournament on Sunday as the Wolves will face Sage Colleges in Erie, Pa. The Wolves are 2-2 all-time against Sage with the Gators winning last, defeating Keuka College last season.