N. DARTMOUTH, Mass.--The Keene State College volleyball team set a new record for consecutive wins on Saturday, sweeping UMass Dartmouth (25-23, 25-9, 25-19) and Lesley University (25-8, 25-13, 25-22) at the Tripp Center on Saturday.
- Keene State: 14-0, 2-0 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 6-4, 0-2 LEC
- Lesley: 5-7
How it Happened - UMass Dartmouth
Niamh Dodd had eight kills without making an error, hitting .571, while Rachel Lamica had 12 kills and hit .379. Bailey Wilson had six kills, 30 assists, and 10 digs, along with a trio of service aces and a solo block. Olivia Mathieu added six kills and Jennifer Severino had five. Riley Bunker had 21 digs and Kait West added 10. Keene State held the Corsairs to .055 hitting for the match, including -.088 in the second set and .000 in the third.
The Owls had to battle out of an early deficit in the first set, falling behind 11-6 before scoring seven of the next eight points for a 13-12 lead. Two kills from Lamica and a bad set by UMass Dartmouth gave Keene State a 16-15 lead, which extended to 24-20 on a kill by Mathieu. Three straight points for UMass Dartmouth got the Corsairs within one, but Dodd polished off the first set with a kill.
Keene State kept the good momentum going in the second set, jumping out to a 9-3 lead on a kill by Megan Palmer, and taking a 15-5 lead on a kill by Mathieu. Three straight UMD errors extended the lead to 18-5, before a 7-4 Keene State run, punctuated by a kill from Severino, gave the Owls a 25-9 set win.
The squads traded points to open the third set, with the Corsairs going up 11-9 before Keene State took a 15-12 lead on another kill from Severino. The Owls nudged in front, as Wilson's kill gave them a 17-16 lead which became a 21-18 advantage on a kill by Mathieu. Four straight points for the Owls ended the set, as Severino again ended the set (and the match) with a kill.
How it Happened - Lesley
Lamica had 14 kills on 15 attempts, hitting .933 without making an error as the Owls cruised to another win. Palmer had 12 kills and hit .400. Wilson had 14 assists and Jenny Nohara had eight. Bunker had 10 digs and Nohara added seven as the Owls hit .365 as a team. The Owls' serving was on point, featuring 14 aces from eight different players.
Keene State exploded out of the gates in the opening set, scoring the first 11 points of the match and featuring five kills from Lamica. Cydnee Morgan's ace made it 19-4, and the Lynx never got closer than 17, as the set ended on a Lesley attacking error.
Keene State again pulled out to an early lead, going up 7-4 on Lamica's ace and 12-7 on a bad set by Lesley. Another service ace, this one from Wilson, made it 16-9, and a kill from Palmer increased the lead to 23-12. Lesley's service error closed out the set.
Nohara served up a pair of aces in the third as Keene State took a 7-2 lead before the Lynx clawed back to tie the set at nine. An ace gave Lesley a 13-12 lead before the Owls went up 17-15 on Palmer's kill. Palmer then had an ace of her own to tie the set at 20, sparking a 5-0 run that put the Owls at match point on a bad set by Lesley. Mathieu spiked down a kill that ended the match and extended KSC's record winning streak
- The Owls are on the verge of matching last year's win total; Keene State won 17 matches in all of 2016.
- It was the eighth straight win by a 3-0 sweep for Keene State and ninth time the Owls have won by that score.
- Lamica is now 27 kills away from 1,100 in her career.
- The Owls take their undefeated season on the road to Rivier University, to face the Raiders for the second time this season. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. on September 26.