NEW YORK, N.Y.--The Keene State College volleyball team limited Plattsburgh State to .049 hitting and had 14 total blocks as the Owls took a 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 19-25, 25-22) win over Plattsburgh State at the New York University Labor Day Invitational on Saturday. Earlier in the day, the Owls fell to Ramapo 3-1 (14-25, 21-25, 25-21, 9-25)
- Keene State: 1-3
- Plattsburgh State: 0-4
- Ramapo: 2-1
- The Owls return to New England, starting with a visit to Westfield State University on September 7 at 7 p.m.
Tale of the Tape - Ramapo College
- Keene State got seven kills from Rachel Lamica and six from Courtney Collins. Riley Bunker had 15 digs, while Leslie Hearns added 11. Katie Cunningham paced the offense with 20 assists.
- Keene State hit just .130 as a team, and could not stop the Roadrunners' Larysa Iwaskiw, who racked up 23 kills and hit .220.
- Bunker, Cunningham, Hearns, and Collins each had a service ace.
How It Happened - Ramapo College
- The Owls fell behind early in the first set and could not recover. The Roadrunners reeled off 12 straight points after an early 2-2 tie, with a pair of service aces and four KSC errors in that stretch.
- Five straight points for KSC got the Owls within 21-14, but they would not score again, as Iwaskiw closed out the set with a kill.
- The second set saw the Owls hold an early 11-9 lead on a kill from Bunker, only to see Ramapo score seven of the next eight points ot take a 16-9 lead. Olivia Mathieu had a kill to get the Owls within 20-19, but the Roadrunners netted the final five points of the set.
- Keene State again had an early lead in the third set, and this time made it stick, turning an 11-9 advantage into an 18-13 lead on a Ramapo error. The Owls slammed the door shut, as Collins punctuated the set with a kill off a set from Cunningham.
- The fourth set played out like the first, as Ramapo took another fast lead, with consecutive kills from Samantha Main and Rachel Selmore opening up a 14-4 advantage. Ramapo ended the match on a 15-5 run, including the final six points of the match.
Tale of the Tape - Plattsburgh State
- The Owls limited the Cardinals to a .049 hitting percentage, while serving up 10 service aces and added 14 total blocks. Plattsburgh State had a hit percentage of .000 in the second and fourth sets.
- Lamica led the way with 11 kills, while Collins and Taylor Bright added six apiece, and Mathieu chipped in five. Cunningham had 17 assists, while Jenny Nohara had 15 and 11 digs. Bunker added a season high 35 digs, part of KSC's whopping 102 total.
- Nohara and Lamica also potted three service aces each, and Cunningham had a pair.
How It Happened - Plattsburgh State
- The Owls rolled out to an early four point lead in the first set, going up 15-11 on Cunningham's ace. A Plattsburgh ace got the Cardinals to within 18-17, sparking an 6-2 run that had the Cardinals up 23-18, but the Owls would rally, scoring the final seven points and completing the comeback through Nohara's service ace.
- Keene State kept the momentum going in the second half, building a 12-4 lead on a Plattsburgh error, and going up 17-8 on a kill by Niamh Dodd. A 7-2 run by Plattsburgh got the Cardinals within 23-17, but KSC ended the set on a kill from Kelly Hunt and another Plattsburgh error.
- KSC again lead early in the third set, going up 10-6 on a kill by Taylor Bright. The Cardinals responded by tying the set at 15 on an KSC error, and scored six of the final seven points in the set for a 25-19 win.
- The Owls led from start to finish in the fourth set, edging out in front 12-7 on a kill by Lamica, and increasing the lead to 17-10 on Riley Bunker's service ace.
- Four straight points got the Cardinals within three at 19-16, but they could not get closer, and Mathieu sealed the fourth set and match with a kill.