BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Keuka College Women's Volleyball team lost their conference opener on Friday night to Penn St.-Abington as a part of a North Eastern Athletic Conference crossover at Bryn Athyn College.
The Wolves (3-3, 0-1 NEAC) will continue the crossover on Sunday with conference matches against the College of St. Elizabeth and hosts Bryn Athyn College.
Tally McDonald led the Green and Gold with 14 kills on the night. Rachel Elliot and Lauren Moelbert each had 13 kills for Keuka and Jadine Buddingh added 11. Alyssa Rex finished with 50 assists and Kate Burke and Rachel Bartosz each had 21 digs.
The Wolves came out firing against the Nittany Lions. Keuka jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead in the opening set. They totaled 19 kills in the set, winning the opening frame 25-17.
After trailing early, the Green and Gold rallied to take a 13-11 lead following a kill by Kate Warren. Abington converted six straight points to take control in the match. They would outscore Keuka 14-3 to close the second set, tying the match at 1-1.
In the third set, Penn St.-Abington took a 19-18 lead. Rachel Elliot converted a kill to tie the set. That kill led to four straight points as Keuka rallied to win the third set 25-21.
The fourth set closed in a back and forth affair. Keuka held a 17-14 lead over the Nittany Lions. Penn St.-Abington won four straight points and the rest of the set would not be separated by more than two points. Keuka faced a match point at 24-23, but an attack error leveled the set at 24-24. Once again, the Green and Gold had a match point at 25-24, but a kill by Abington denied the attempt. The third match point came at 26-25, but another error extended the match. Penn St.-Abington would eventually win the fourth set 29-27, forcing a fifth and deciding set.
Keuka trailed early in the fifth, taking a timeout trailing 11-4. The timeout sparked the offense as they converted five straight points to get back in the set. The rally continued and Keuka came all the way back to have their fourth match point of the night at 14-13. Penn St.-Abington got a kill to level it at 14-14. They followed that with an ace and a final kill to win the fifth set 16-14, defeating Keuka College 3-2.