Women’s Volleyball Falls in NEAC Semis

Sophomore Alissa Walruth and the women's volleyball team advanced into the NEAC semifinals with a five-set win over Lancaster Bible College. But Keuka fell to Gallaudet in three sets (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Sophomore Alissa Walruth and the women's volleyball team advanced into the NEAC semifinals with a five-set win over Lancaster Bible College. But Keuka fell to Gallaudet in three sets (photo courtesy of Ed Webber, Keuka College Sports Information department).

Senior Devan Curtis (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) recorded a double-double to lift the Keuka College women's volleyball team into the semifinals of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament, but Keuka fell to four-time defending champion Gallaudet University Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

The fourth-seeded Wolfpack (14-15) earned a thrilling, five-set win over fifth-seeded Lancaster Bible College (19-14) Friday night.

But against host Gallaudet (21-13), the Green and Gold were swept in three sets, losing by scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-9.

Gallaudet advances into the NEAC title match to play the winner of Wells College (23-10) and Penn State-Berks (19-9) at 1 p.m. Sunday. The winner receives the NEAC's automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament.

Against Lancaster Bible, Keuka dropped the first set 25-16, but won the next two, 25-19 and 25-23 to take a 2-1 lead in sets.

The Chargers forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-20 win, and led 9-4, 13-9 and 14-12 in the fifth set, but a kill from Curtis pulled Keuka within 14-13.

The Green and Gold capitalized on three straight errors from the Chargers to complete the comeback and advance into the semifinals.

Curtis finished with 16 digs, 14 kills and 4 aces for her team-leading sixth double-double of the fall.

Sophomore Kaitlin Burke (Painted Post, N.Y./Corning West) added 17 digs with four aces, classmate Alissa Walruth (Hammondsport, N.Y./Hammondsport) had 11 digs, and sophomore Tally McDonald (Romulus, N.Y./Romulus) tallied 7 kills, 5 digs and 3 blocks in the win.

Senior Rachel Parker (Chaumont, N.Y./Thousand Islands) handed out 15 assists to go with 9 digs and 3 aces, and freshman Sam Thrasher (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) added 8 digs with 5 kills and 2 blocks against Lancaster Bible.

Senior Julia Coryell (Phelps, N.Y./Midlakes) recorded 11 assists with 9 digs and 3 aces, and freshman Katelyn Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) recorded 6 blocks, 3 kills and 3 digs in the semifinals.

After dropping the first set, the two schools were tied at 12 before the Chargers went on a 4-0 run and led 16-12.

Keuka came out of a timeout and scored four unanswered points to knot the score at 16, and  tied at 18, the Wolfpack scored seven of the next eight points to pull even at one set apiece. Walruth served up and won the final four points to give Keuka the set.

In the third game, Keuka snapped a 5-all tie by going on a 12-7 run and led 17-12. The Chargers closed within 24-23, but senior Danielle Alred (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) hammered home a kill to put Keuka up 2-1.

After the Chargers won the fourth, a resilient Wolfpack squad rallied from three deficits to force the decisive fifth set.

Taking on Gallaudet, Curtis had 12 digs with four kills, Warren added four kills with three blocks, and Parker had eight assists with three digs.

The Bison hit .287 as a team, recording 36 kills with 13 errors in 80 attacks.