Men’s Volleyball Splits Final Day of Keuka College Invitational

Brad McKnight (18) hit a career-high 21 kills against Sage -- Photo by Courtney Gleichauf '22
Brad McKnight (18) hit a career-high 21 kills against Sage -- Photo by Courtney Gleichauf '22

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Men's Volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center to close the 2020 Keuka College Invitational.

Keuka College (7-8) dropped their opening match to Hiram College in five sets but closed with a four-set victory over the Sage Colleges.

Hiram College 3 at Keuka College 2 – 25-18, 25-14, 24-26, 19-25, 15-8

The Terriers jumped out to a quick two sets to none lead over the Wolves on Saturday thanks to and efficient attack. Hiram had 13 kills against just three errors in the opener and followed that with 14 kills and just one error in the second set as Hiram held the lead.

Keuka College fought to stay in the match. The third set came right down to the end. Tied 24-24, the Wolves got a point for the advantage. Marcus Davic hit an ace for the Wolves to close the third 26-24 in favor of Keuka.

The Green and Gold continued the momentum in the fourth. Keuka went on a run where the Wolves scored 10 of 11 points to take a 16-6 lead over the Terriers. Keuka closed out the fourth 25-19 to force a fifth and final set.

Hiram College pulled it out in the final set. The Wolves hit six errors in the set as Hiram took the fifth 15-8 to win the match.

Lead Wolf: Emmett O'Brien showcased an all-around game for the Wolves. The senior finished with eight kills, four aces, four digs, and five blocks against the Terriers.

Keuka College 3 vs. Sage Colleges 1 – 25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20

Keuka College took a quick lead over the Gators, but Sage hung tough throughout the frame. Sage had more kills than Keuka in the first set, but also committed more errors. The lead changed hands twice in the set, but the Wolves pulled it out in the end, 25-20.

After a close start with the lead changing hands, Keuka College created separation midway through the set with an 8-0 run to build a 17-9 advantage. Keuka College took control to win the second 25-16 and push their lead to 2-0 in the match.

The Gators refused to go away as Sage took the early lead in the third and never gave it up. They won the third set 25-20 to extend the match.

Keuka College put it away in the fourth. It was a tight set with nine ties and four lead changes, but the Wolves were efficient. Keuka College had 13 kills in the fourth against just two errors. The final one came as Alex Boglev put it to the floor as Keuka won the fourth set 25-20 and the match 3-1.

Lead Wolf: Brad McKnight hit a career-best 21 kills to lead the Wolves against the Gators. The sophomore's effort tied for the second-most kills in a four-set match in program history.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College improves to 3-3 all-time against Sage and falls to 1-2 all-time against Hiram
  • All three matches against Hiram in school history has gone five sets
  • The Wolves had their winning streak in the Keuka College Invitational snapped. Keuka is 19-3 all-time in their home tournament
  • Brad McKnight increased his career total to 355 kills, moving into sixth in the Keuka College record books
  • Alex Boglev moved to seventh on the career blocking list
  • Emmett O'Brien added to his five blocks in the first match with seven against Sage

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves are next in action on the road in North Eastern Athletic Conference play. Keuka College will play at Wilson College on Friday and then at nationally-ranked Lancaster Bible College on Saturday.