Women's Volleyball Falls to Ithaca

Sophomore Alissa Walruth served up five aces, but the Keuka College women's volleyball team suffered a three-set sweep Wednesday night vs. Ithaca College (photo courtesy of Megan Chase, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Sophomore Alissa Walruth served up five aces, but the Keuka College women's volleyball team suffered a three-set sweep Wednesday night vs. Ithaca College (photo courtesy of Megan Chase, Keuka College Sports Information department).

In each of the last two seasons, the Keuka College women's volleyball team rallied for a five-set victory over the Ithaca College Bombers.

There was to be no comeback for the Wolfpack on Wednesday night, as the Bombers (11-3) handed the host Wolfpack (3-9) a three-set defeat inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.

Senior Devan Curtis (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) recorded nine digs with five kills, sophomore Kaitlin Burke (Painted Post, N.Y./Corning West) had 15 digs and sophomore Tally McDonald (Romulus, N.Y./Romulus) added five kills, but the Green and Gold fell by scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-20.

McDonald hit .308 after recording only one error in 13 attempts. Senior Danielle Alred (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) added five kills with three service aces, and freshman Sam Thrasher (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) contributed seven digs with four kills in the loss.

Sophomore Alissa Walruth (Hammondsport, N.Y./Hammondsport) served up five aces and added three digs, while senior Rachel Parker (Chaumont, N.Y./Thousand Islands) had 12 assists with three digs and classmate Julia Coryell (Phelps, N.Y./Midlakes) chipped in with 9 assists, 4 digs and 2 aces.

The Wolfpack saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Trailing two sets to none, the Green and Gold led 5-4 early in the third set after an ace from Coryell.

The two schools traded points, and a kill from McDonald knotted the score at 14 before the Bombers went on a mini-run and led 17-15.

Thrasher hit a cross-court kill to trim the deficit to 17-16, and Walruth delivered back-to-back aces to even the score at 18. But Ithaca won five of the next six points and pulled away for a 25-20 win in the clinching set.

The Wolfpack are off until traveling to Oswego State for a 6 p.m. clash Tuesday evening. Keuka College split with the Lakers in 2013, falling in five sets on Oct. 1 before sweeping the Lakers Nov. 2.