Keuka College Splits Home Tri-Match

Lillian Mueller (19) set a career-high in kills against Cobleskill, and then broke it against Houghton -- Photo by Chris Loucks
Lillian Mueller (19) set a career-high in kills against Cobleskill, and then broke it against Houghton -- Photo by Chris Loucks

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Women's Volleyball team split a home tri-match on Saturday at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

Keuka College (4-9, 1-1 NEAC) defeated SUNY Cobleskill in a North Eastern Athletic Conference match 3-0 to start the day. However, the Wolves would fall to Houghton College 3-1 in a non-conference match to close the tri-match.

Keuka College 3 vs. SUNY Cobleskill 0 – 25-13, 25-21, 25-17

SUNY Cobleskill began with the serve and scored the first four points of the match. The Green and Gold rallied to take a 6-5 lead and extended that to 11-7. Keuka had 10 kills in the set against just two errors. The Fighting Tigers took a timeout with the Wolves leading 20-11. The set would close on an ace by Erika Shepard.

The second set was very tight with seven ties and four lead changes. The set would be tied at 10-10. The Green and Gold took the lead but the margin never was more than three points. The Wolves took one of their largest leads in the set following a kill by Lillian Mueller to make it 19-15, forcing SUNY Cobleskill into a timeout. The Fighting Tigers would make a run, staving off multiple set points, but the Wolves got a kill by Abby Anderson to end the second set 25-21 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Keuka College looked to end the match early on Saturday as the Wolves built a 12-2 lead in the third set. SUNY Cobleskill would cut into the margin, but the Wolves reestablished control. An ace by Abby Anderson ended the match, with the Wolves winning the third set 25-17.

Lead Wolf: Lillian Mueller set a new career-high with eight kills against the Fighting Tigers. The sophomore was efficient in her attacking, leading Keuka in hitting percentage. Mueller tied with Abby Anderson for the team high in total kills.

Houghton College 3 at Keuka College 1 – 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 25-16

The Wolves had a strong start as Abby Anderson had three kills in the first four points for Keuka College. However, the Highlanders would rebound to take an 8-4 lead. Houghton extended their lead to 17-8 as Keuka called their second timeout. The Wolves made a late run, pushing it to a five-point deficit at 20-15, but the Highlanders closed it out for the 25-19 first set victory.

Once again, the Wolves took a fast lead at 4-1, but Houghton scored eight of the next nine points to swing the set in their favor at 9-5. The Wolves rallied on the serve of Ericka Carlson. The freshman was at the line as the Houghton lead went from 17-10 to 17-16. The Highlanders used a timeout to kill the momentum and it was successful as they won the next point. Houghton pushed the lead to 22-17 and won the second set 25-22.

Early in the set belonged to the Wolves again as Keuka jumped out to a 9-3 lead, backed by a pair of blocks. Houghton cut the lead down to two at 15-13, but the Wolves rebounded and extended the match, winning the third set 25-18.

Keuka College took a 6-5 lead in the fourth set following a pair of aces by Erika Shepard. Houghton took a timeout and responded, forcing Keuka into a timeout with the Highlanders leading 13-9. Houghton would remain in control of the fourth set as they continued onto the 25-16 victory, winning the match 3-1.

Lead Wolf: Abby Anderson led the Green and Gold attack in the second match with a season-high 12 kills and five blocks. Anderson has recorded at least one block in her last 10 matches played.

KC Notes:

  • The Wolves remain undefeated against SUNY Cobleskill in 19 matches. Saturday was only the fourth time that the two teams played at Keuka College
  • Houghton College's 11-match winning streak was extended to 12 against Keuka. The two teams first met in 1984 and the Wolves are 0-7 against the Highlanders on their home court
  • Delaney Yorks set a new career-high with 30 assists against SUNY Cobleskill. She also surpassed 200 assists for her career
  • Freshman Ericka Carlson surpassed 100 career digs with a nine-dig performance against the Fighting Tigers
  • Erika Shepard set a new career-high and led the Wolves with 16 digs against SUNY Cobleskill
  • Keuka College had a season-high seven blocks against Houghton College
  • After a strong first match, Lillian Mueller set another career-best with 10 kills and Delaney Yorks did the same with 34 assists

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves have a week off to prepare for their next match. Keuka College will host Cazenovia College in a conference match-up next Saturday, September 28 as a part of Green and Gold Celebration Weekend. The Wolves and the Wildcats will start at 11am at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.