CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The Keene State College volleyball match fell to nationally ranked No. 14 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-19) at Rockwell Cage on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 15-2
- MIT: 17-1
How it Happened
Rachel Lamica led all players with 16 kills and chipped in two aces as Megan Palmer contributed eight kills and two aces. Bailey Wilson totaled 26 assists and two aces while Riley Bunker collected 11 digs. Niamh Dodd powered the front row with four blocks.
Tied at 12 in the first set, MIT recorded six straight points to establish a small cushion. A trio of kills by Rachel Lamica cut Keene State's deficit in half but the Engineers scored seven of the next nine points to claim a 25-17 victory. Davanzo posted four kills during that span, including the final two points of the set.
The early stages of the second frame were closely played until MIT gradually built a 20-12 advantage after an ace by senior Clare Farley. A Megan Palmer kill was followed by a block from Olivia Mathieu and Niamh Dodd, however, the Owls could not overcome the deficit as the Engineers went on to win 25-15.
Following seven ties and four lead changes, a hitting error coupled with a kill by junior Carly Staub put MIT in front, 18-16, in the third set. Coming out of a Keene State timeout, Lamica generated a kill which resulted in both sides trading points and eventually moving the score to 19-18. The Engineers responded with a 6-1 spurt to close out the match.
- Wilson now has 520 assists through 17 matches, putting her on pace for 918 this season. That would tie Jordan Pokryfki for the eighth highest single season total in school history. Pokryfki also holds the No. 1, 2, and 5 spots in the list of single season assists.
- It was the first meeting since a 3-1 win over the Engineers for Keene State on September 4, 2010.
- Keene State returns home for the first time since September 19, hosting Emmanuel on October 4 at 7 p.m.
- MIT travels to Babson College on October 3 at 6 p.m.
(Parts of this release courtesy MIT)