Women’s Volleyball Falls in NEAC Semis

Women’s Volleyball Falls in NEAC Semis

The Keuka College women's volleyball team won the first set of Saturday's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) semifinal against SUNYIT, but the third-seeded Storm fell in four sets in Washington, D.C.

Third-seeded Keuka (23-7) won the first set, 25-16, but dropped the next three by scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-23 to second-seeded SUNYIT (29-4).

The loss snapped Keuka's 11-match winning streak.

Senior Paige Golden (Kent, NY/Albion) recorded her 17th double-double with 12 kills and 23 digs while classmate Taylor Smith (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) added a career-high 50 digs in the loss.

Smith, a two-time member of the All-NEAC teams, moved into a tie for fourth place in the NCAA Division III record books with her 50 digs in a four-set match.

Montclair State's Lauren Mazurkiewicz holds the national record with 55 digs in a four-set match, followed by Thomas More's Jenny Boerger (54) and Skidmore College's Lauren Dinsdale (52).

Smith, SUNY New Paltz's Belgica Santana and Concordia Chicago's Carrie Ressler all recorded 50 digs in a four-setter to tie for fourth in the national record books.

Junior Devan Curtis (San Clemente, CA/San Clemente) tallied 11 digs with 9 kills and 4 aces while senior Jill Nolan (Johnson City, NY/Maine-Endwell) recorded 23 assists with 11 digs for the Storm.

Senior Rachel Parker (Chaumont, NY/Thousand Islands) had 14 assists with eight digs while junior Danielle Alred (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) recorded six blocks with four kills

Golden, an outside hitter who broke Keuka's career kills and digs record during 2013, finished her career with 1,087 kills and 1,480 digs.

Smith, who broke Keuka's single-season and career digs record, finished with 650 digs in 2013, and 1,597 for her career.

The 50 digs shatter Smith's previous career-high of 39, set during a three-set loss to Houghton College (Sept. 7, 2013). Smith also entered the record books for that performance, posting the seventh-highest dig total for a three-set match in NCAA Division III history.

The Storm earned a share of the NEAC's regular-season title and won 20 or more matches for the third straight season, the first time in school history that has occurred.

Keuka last won NEAC's in 2004 and has lost in the finals in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013.