Volleyball Win Streak Now At 15 With 3-1 Win Over Rivier

Olivia Mathieu and the Owls improved to 15-0 this season (Photo by Jake Paquin).
Olivia Mathieu and the Owls improved to 15-0 this season (Photo by Jake Paquin).

NASHUA, N.H.--The Keene State College volleyball team extended its school record winning streak to 15 matches with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-11, 25-11, 25-14) win over Rivier University at Muldoon Gym on Tuesday night.

Records

  • Keene State: 15-0
  • Rivier: 10-5

How it Happened

The Owls dropped their first set in nearly three weeks, but made quick work of the Raiders to beat Rivier for the second time this season.  Rachel Lamica, the regining Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, had 14 kills, four service aces, and nine digs, along with a solo block and three block assists.  Riley Bunjer, who took home the LEC Defensive Player of the Week award, had a team high 16 digs and a service ace.   Bailey Wilson, this week's LEC Rookie of the Week, had 34 assists, three service aces, and three block assists.

Jennifer Severino added eight kills and hit .400, while Niamh Dodd and Megan Palmer both had seven kills. 

Two kills from Lamica tied the opening set at four, but the Raiders got their noses in front, going on a 7-2 run to take an 11-6 lead.  Wilson set up Lamica on consecutive plays to cut the lead to 13-11, and the Owls pulled to within 17-16 on a Rivier error.  Palmer's kill tied the set at 23, but the Raiders netted the next two points to take the set, 25-23.  It was the first set Keene State had lost since falling in the fourth set to Colby-Sawyer College on September 8.

The Owls rolled out to a 9-4 lead in the second set, as Lamica served up back-to-back aces and Rivier made three errors in a row.  Olivia Mathieu had an ace to made it 14-7, and Dodd and Wilson teamed up for a block and a 16-8 lead. Lamica's serving powered the Owls the rest of the set, as she served out four of the final five points, and Mathieu's block on Emma Soucy ended the second set.

Keene State again pulled away in the early part of the third set, as a Rivier error and a kill from Dodd gave KSC a 9-5 lead, and four more Rivier errors, and an ace from Bunker made it 18-8.  Two straight points from the Raiders made it 18-10, but the Owls ended the set on a 7-1 run, including two aces from Wilson and another from Lamica that closed it out.

The fourth set began as the third ended, as Keene State jumped to a 6-0 lead thanks to four straight Rivier errors, and the lead only grew as Severino and Wilson both had kills for a 16-7 advantage.  The Raiders got back to within six (17-11), but could not get closer, as Severino pounded down a kill at match point.

Service Aces

  • At 15-0, the Owls are one of seven undefeated teams left in the nation in NCAA Division III.  Joining KSC are Baldwin Wallace (19-0), No. 10 Carnegie Mellon (16-0), No. 14 MIT (15-0), No. 2 Colorado College (14-0), Johnson & Wales (14-0), and No. 1 Wittenburg (11-0).
  • As mentioned, this was the second victory over Rivier this season, after a 3-2 win on September 8 in Plymouth, N.H., as part of the Granite State Challenge.  KSC had not beaten Rivier since 2013 before this year.
  • Lamica needs just 12 kills to pass Ellyse Davis (1,098 kills from 2008-11) and move into fourth place all-time on KSC's career list.  Bunker now has 1,255 career digs, which is also the fourth highest career mark.  She needs 128 to pass Jamie Levine (1,382 from 2007-10) and place third.

Up Next

  • Keene State heads to Worcester, Mass., for a Friday night matchip with Clark University.  First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.
  • Rivier travels to the University of New England for a Thursday night tilt that begins at 7 p.m.