KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Women's Volleyball team dropped a four-set match at home to Alfred State University 3-1.
Meghan Calhoun led the Wolfpack with seven kills in the match. Jadine Buddingh finished with five kills and added a pair of aces for Keuka. Alyssa Rex had 13 assists and Kate Burke led Keuka with 20 digs on the evening.
Keuka now stands at 1-2 on the young season. Alfred State remains undefeated with a 4-0 record. The Wolfpack will travel to Elmira College tomorrow to play a pair of matches. They square off against the host Soaring Eagles at 11am and then face NEAC foe Morrisville State at 1pm.
The first set started with an early run by Alfred State. Keuka was able to narrow the lead, as the Pioneers held a 15-9 advantage. Alfred State pushed their lead back out to 19-10, but the Wolfpack answered. They used a fast five point run to get back into the set, but Alfred State closed it out for the 25-16 set victory.
The second set started with the teams going back and forth. Alfred State put a run together midway through the set, building a 15-8 advantage. After a hit by the Pioneers went long, Jadine Buddingh delivered an ace and the Wolfpack won the next two points to cut the lead to 15-12. The Pioneers won the serve back, however, and continued to push their lead as they would go on to win the second set by the score of 25-16.
Alfred State once again got out to the early lead. Keuka continued to fight in the match. They put a rally together behind the serve of Buddingh once again. Meghan Calhoun delivered a kill and gave Keuka the 12-11 lead and forced Alfred State into a timeout. A Calhoun tip gave the Wolfpack the lead again at 17-16. She then stepped to the service line and served an ace to help grow Keuka's lead. The Pioneers would rally, however, to tie the third set at 23-23. The Wolfpack got the serve back and a kill by Calhoun gave Keuka the third set 25-23.
After exchanging early points, Alfred State put together a five point run to grow their lead to 9-4. Keuka was able to stop the run, as the teams exchanged serves for multiple rotations. Alfred State attempted to grow their lead, but a kill by Buddingh brought it back to a 14-9 match. The Pioneers continued to grow their lead in the set. A block by Tally McDonald made the set score 20-12 in favor of Alfred State. The Pioneers would maintain control of the set on their way to the 25-17 victory in the fourth set.