HARTFORD, Conn.--Rachel Lamica became just the fifth player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills as the Keene State College volleyball team swept a non-conference match from Trinity College at Oosting Gym on Thursday night. The Owls won 3-0 (25-22, 29-27, 25-15) to match the longest winning streak since 2015.
- Keene State: 9-0
- Trinity: 3-2
How it Happened
Lamica and Niamh Dodd were outstanding at the net all night to lead the Owls to the win. Lamica finished with 19 kills and hit .486, adding 11 digs, while Dodd hit .667 with 10 kills while not making an error and a pair of block assists. Olivia Mathieu had seven kills and seven digs.
The Owls took a 6-5 lead in the first set when Colette Scheffers served up an error, and extended the lead to 9-6 on a pair of kills from Lamica and Mathieu and another Trinity error. Keene State never trailed in the set again, going up 18-14 on a kill from Dodd and taking a 24-19 lead a kill from Lamica. Three straight points brought the Bantams to within 24-22 but another kill from Lamica closed out the set.
Lamica recorded her millenium of kills to tie the score at seven in the second set, but a 7-3 run by the Bantams put KSC in a 14-10 deficit. The Owls rallied with an 8-3 burst of their own, taking advantage of a pair of Trinity errors for an 18-17 lead. The teams traded points throughout, as Trinity held set point through a KSC error before the Owls forced extra points with a Trinity mistake. After swapping points for six straight sets, KSC pulled away by scoring the final two points with a kill from Lamica and a Trinity error.
Keene State jumped on top of Trinity in the third and never looked back, going up 9-3 on a service ace from Cydnee Morgan and extending the lead to 15-5 on two kills from Mathieu and another from Lamica. A mini-run from Trinity brought them to within 17-11, but the Owls slammed the door shut, ending the set on an 8-4 run, capped by a kill from Dodd to take the match.
- Lamica now has 1,009 career kills, which puts her all alone in fifth place on the KSC career list. If the season ended today, her 2017 hitting percentage of .365 would also be the fifth best total in school history.
- This was the first meeting between the teams since 2013.
- The Owls are one of 22 teams still undefeated in all of NCAA Division III.
- Keene State opens Little East Conference play when the Owls travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday for a tri-match that also features Salve Regina. Keene State is slated to play at 12 and 4 p.m.
- The Bantams host Middlebury College in a NESCAC match that begins at 2 p.m.