BOSTON, Mass. - The Keene State College volleyball team got back on the right track, as they swept a non-conference match from Emmanuel College (Mass.) 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-23) on Wednesday night at Yosinoff Court.
- Keene State: 20-8
- Emmanuel: 7-16
How It Happened
The Owls were paced by Niamh Dodd's 12 kills. Megan Palmer chipped in 14 digs, three kills, and a two assists, while Riley Bunker had ten digs and two aces. Bailey Wilson had 31 assists, six digs, five kills and two aces.
KSC scored four straight points to quickly erase a 3-0 deficit in the opening set and never trailed again in the first. After Emmanuel got within 10-9, the Owls got kills from Elizabeth Johnson, Olivia Mathieu, and Kelly Hunt en route to scoring five straight points. The Saints never threatened again, as KSC got an ace from Bunker sandwiched around kills from Palmer and Johnson for a 22-12 double-digit lead. An ace from Wilson ended the set.
The second frame was back and forth early on, as Emmanuel answered a 5-3 KSC lead with four straight points of their own, only to see the Owls quickly counter. Trailing 10-7, Keene State got kills from Hunt and Mathieu and eventually went up 13-10. The Saints got within 14-12, but then had no answer after KSC scored six consecutive times to go up 20-12. Points by Dodd and Ali McLoughlin helped the Owls close the set with ease.
Looking to stay alive in the match, Emmanuel emerged from the close early stages of the set to score seven consecutive points for a 15-11 lead. The Saints continued to have the advantage, as a kill from Shannon Carroll made it 18-14, and later, a KSC error made it 22-16. However, the Owls came storming back, tying the set at 22 with a kill from Mathieu and going ahead on Wilson's point. Consecutive kills from Dodd and Johnson finished off KSC's 3-0 win.
- Keene State reached the 20-win mark for the second consecutive season and now have 16 sweeps on the season. KSC went 24-6 last year.
- The Owls hit .271 in the match while limiting the Saints to just .105. Keene State had a 46-29 advantage in kills.
- KSC is now 15-3 in 18 all-time meetings against Emmanuel.
- Keene State closes out the regular season with a conference match at Rhode Island College on Saturday, October 27 at 12:00 pm. The Owls can clinch at least third place in the Little East with a win, and could finish as high as second with a win and an Eastern Connecticut loss.
- Emmanuel is right back in action tomorrow, October 25, at Western New England University. The match starts at 7:00 pm.