KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College volleyball team got off to the best start in school history, dispatching Westfield State University 3-1 (25-12, 25-9, 20-25, 25-17) in a sweltering Spaulding Gym on Tuesday night.
- Keene State: 4-0
- Westfield State: 1-3
How It Happened
Rachel Lamica had 24 kills, one short of her career high, and added 13 digs while hitting .412 for the match. Bailey Wilson ran the offense to a tee with 34 assists, while Olivia Mathieu had nine kills and Katie Cunningham had eight. Riley Bunker had 23 digs.
Severino had a kill to tie the opening set at five, starting a 7-2 run to take a 12-7 lead. The Owls continued their dominance, as Wilson served up consecutive aces for an 18-9 lead. Westfield State never got back within 10, as Cunningham finished off the first set with a kill from a Wilson assist.
The second set began as the first ended, as KSC exploded out to a 13-2 lead, with Lamica having five kills in that stretch and taking advantage of three Westfield State serving errors. The Owls' lead never dipped below double-figures, and Westfield finished with nine points as KSC went up 17-7, then 23-7 before ending the set on consecutive kills from Niamh Dodd and Lamica. Westfield State pulled back in the third set, nudging out to an 18-15 lead on consecutive kills by Ainsley McLeod, and KSC could not get closer the rest of the way.
In the fourth set, the teams' traded points until Keene State opened up an 15-11 lead as Lamica, Wilson, and Cunningham all had kills to break the match open. A Westfield State block got the Owls within three at 19-16, but KSC finished out the set on a 6-1 run, punctuated by a service ace from Riley Bunker to end the match.
Westfield State got a team-leading 15 kills from Brianna Starkey, but was the only player in double-digits.
- Keene State's 4-0 start is the best in school history, surpassing the start set in 2010. The four game winning streak is also the longest since last year's team won five in a row to open the month of October.
- Tonight's win also marks the first time since 2015 KSC has won its home opener.
- Lamica's 24 kills pushed her over 900 for her career, and her total of 921 leaves her in seventh place all-time in school history. The reigning LEC Player of the Week needs three more to surpass Kristen Girard for sixth place and 55 to move past Kelly Yankowski for fifth.
- Keene State heads to Plymouth State on September 8 for the first day of the Granite State Challenge, where they will face Rivier and Colby-Sawyer.
- Westfield State takes part in the Trinity College Invitational this weekend, beginning with a match against Clark University.