Five different student-athletes had at least six kills as the Keuka College women's volleyball team earned its fifth straight victory with a four-set triumph over the University of Pitt-Bradford Thursday night.
Freshman Jadine Buddingh (Hamilton, Ont./Mere Theresa) and sophomore Tally McDonald (Romulus, N.Y./Romulus) each had seven kills, while seniors Danielle Alred (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) and Devan Curtis (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) and freshman Katelyn Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) each added six kills for the Wolfpack (8-10).
Senior Rachel Parker (Chaumont, N.Y./Thousand Islands) added 16 assists with 9 digs, 5 aces and 3 kills, and sophomore Kaitlin Burke (Painted Post, N.Y./Corning West) added 16 digs as the Green and Gold earned their first home win of 2014, winning 25-19, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-19.
"Our offense is working really well right now," Parker said. "We have a lot of new hitters in there, we have a lot of players and we're really deep, so we're just finding out which players work in our system and what offensive plays work. It took some time to figure that out but now we're playing very well."
"We're all feeling good, really happy about this win and now we have a nice winning streak going, so we're hoping to keep this rolling."
Curtis added 11 digs with two aces, Alred and Buddingh each had three blocks, and sophomore Alissa Walruth (Hammondsport, N.Y./Hammondsport) added eight digs with two aces in the win as the Wolfpack won for the first time in five home matches.
"This makes the rest of the team excited, just because we finally got that first home win and this is exactly what we needed," Alred said. "This momentum will definitely help us heading into our next matches. We're playing so well right now, if we keep motivating each other and keep pushing each other, we will keep that fire going."
Leading 20-19 in the opening set, Alred ended a 3-0 run by the Panthers (9-16) with a kill, Warren added a kill and Burke hammered home an ace to give the Wolfpack the first set.
In the second set, Pitt-Bradford enjoyed leads of 16-8 and 19-11, but the Green and Gold answered with a 9-5 run and trailed 21-17 on an ace from Parker. But the Panthers held on for the win to even the match at one set apiece.
Despite the loss, Parker said the team gained a lot of confidence coming back from such deficits, and that the momentum gained helped spark the Wolfpack to victory in the final two sets.
"That comeback definitely helped us. It showed that we can play with them, we can build momentum and we can overcome a deficit like that," Parker said. "It was really nice to show all of our supporting fans at home that we can play some good volleyball and earn a nice win. We still have a goal in mind, to win the NEAC championship, and we have a lot of confidence off of tonight's win."
The Wolfpack travel to Alfred State for an 11 a.m. non-conference clash Saturday morning.