Women’s Volleyball Closing in on Regular Season Title

Freshman Katelyn Warren (No. 22) and the Keuka College women's volleyball swept four-time defending NEAC champion Gallaudet and knocked off Penn College Sunday to close in on the NEAC regular season title (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Freshman Katelyn Warren (No. 22) and the Keuka College women's volleyball swept four-time defending NEAC champion Gallaudet and knocked off Penn College Sunday to close in on the NEAC regular season title (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).

The Keuka College women's volleyball team swept four-time defending North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) champion Gallaudet University and knocked off Penn College to close in on the NEAC regular-season championship Sunday on day two of the third and final NEAC crossover competition in Reading, Pa.

The Wolfpack (12-12, 10-1 NEAC) swept the Bison, handing Gallaudet its first conference loss since a setback to Keuka on Sept. 22, 2013. Keuka swept Gallaudet by scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-23.

In the nightcap, the Wolfpack dispatched of Penn College in four sets, winning by scores of 25-17, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-18.

If the Wolfpack can earn a win at Wells College on Oct. 28, the Green and Gold will clinch the NEAC regular-season championship and will host the NEAC postseason tournament, with the semifinals on Nov. 8 and the championship match Nov. 9.

The winner of the NEAC tournament earns the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III tournament. Keuka last captured the NEAC title in 2004 and fell in the finals in 2005, 2006 and 2012.

Senior Devan Curtis (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) recorded 10 kills with seven digs, sophomore Kaitlin Burke (Painted Post, N.Y./Corning West) had 19 digs with two kills, and freshman Katelyn Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) added six blocks with four kills as the Green and Gold swept Gallaudet.

Keuka posted a .224 hitting percentage (32 kills with 10 errors in 98 attacks), led by Curtis, who had one error in 27 attacks (.333 hit percentage), and sophomore Alyssa Girod (Warsaw, N.Y./Warsaw), who hit .286 with five kills and only one error in 14 attacks.

Sophomore Tally McDonald (Romulus, N.Y./Romulus) recorded five kills, while senior Danielle Alred (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) had four kills with three blocks in the sweep.

Taking on Penn College, Curtis had 11 digs with 9 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces, and McDonald added 9 kills with 5 digs and 3 blocks in the win.

Freshman Meghan Calhoun (St. George, Ont./Paris District) added nine kills with only two errors in 20 attempts (.350 hitting percentage), and also had six digs with two blocks.

Burke recorded 20 digs, her third match this year with 20 or more digs, while senior Rachel Parker (Chaumont, N.Y./Thousand Islands) added 18 assists with 8 digs and 2 aces, and sophomore Rachel Elliot (Dundas, Ont./Parkside) recorded six kills with no errors on 11 attacks (.545 hitting percentage) to power Keuka.

Warren had 5 blocks with 3 kills and 2 aces, and senior Brittany Kuhn (Palmyra, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon) and sophomore Alissa Walruth (Hammondsport, N.Y./Hammondsport) each recorded nine digs with three aces in the win.

The Wolfpack host Morrisville State at 1 p.m. on Parents' and Senior Day. Alred, Curtis, Kuhn and Julia Coryell (Phelps, N.Y./Midlakes) will be honored for their hard work and dedication to the women's volleyball program.