KEENE, N.H.--Strong performances from Rachel Lamica and Megan Palmer lifted the Keene State College volleyball team to its 12th consecutive win, a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-13) triumph over Worcester State University in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Spaulding Gym.
- Keene State: 12-0
- Worcester State: 5-6
How it Happened
Lamica had 16 kills, hitting .342, with 10 digs, a solo block, and a block assist. She was joined in double-digit digs by Riley Bunker, who had 20, and Olivia Mathieu, who had 19. Bailey Wilson had 37 assists and eight digs. Palmer had the strongest game of her career, with nine kills on 11 attempts and hitting .727.
The teams traded points in the opening stages of the first set, with the Owls going up 9-7 on a pair of Worcester State errors before the Lancers took a 12-10 lead on a kill by Emily Carens. The Owls went up 16-15 when WSU's Allie Nolan served up an error, sparking a 5-1 run that featured a solo block by Niamh Dodd and two service aces from Cydnee Morgan.
Dodd laid down another block for a 23-16 lead, then had a kill, followed by another from Lamica to close out the set.
The Owls and Lancers again traded points to open the second set, with Mathieu having a service ace then gave the Owls a 10-8 lead before consecutive KSC mistakes gave the Lancers back a 14-12 advantage. A kill from Palmer made it 16-15 KSC, and the Owls slowly pulled away, with Lamica having two more kills for a 21-18 lead. The Lancers could not get closer than three the rest of the way, and Palmer slammed down two kills to give KSC a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was not like the first two; Keene State jumped out to an 8-2 lead with Lamica and Palmer each having two kills. After WSU pulled back to within 9-7, the Owls went on a 11-2 run, as Dodd had two straight kills and Lamica had another for a 20-9 lead. Keene State kept pouring it on, as Lamica blocked Nolan to make it 24-9. The Lancers scored the next for, but Nolan then served into the net to close out the match.
- The win was the Owls' 12th straight to open the season, tying the school record for consecutive wins set in 2008 that culminated with a 3-2 win over UMass Boston to give KSC its first and only Little East Conference championship.
- The Owls have now won their last six matches by 3-0 sweeps; Keene State has not dropped a set since the fourth set of what turned out to be a 3-2 win over Colby-Sawyer College in the Granite State Challenge on September 8.
- After winning just five matches at home in all of 2016, Keene State has won four this season.
- Keene State gets back on the road, heading to UMass Dartmouth for an tri-match that also has the Owls matching up with Lesley University. KSC's matches will be at 12 pm and 2 p.m.
- Worcester State travels to Lasell on Thursday, September 21 for a 7 p.m. start.