Mathieu's Big Night Helps Owls Corral Chargers With 3-0 Sweep

Mathieu's Big Night Helps Owls Corral Chargers With 3-0 Sweep

NEW LONDON, N.H.--Olivia Mathieu had a career high 13 kills and hit .632 as the Keene State College volleyball team recorded a 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-19) win over Colby-Sawyer College in non-conference action at Coffin Field House on Thursday night.

Records

  • Keene State: 18-3
  • Colby-Sawyer: 9-14

How it Happened

Rachel Lamica topped the team with 17 kills, four digs, and a pair of service aces. Mathieu, in addition to her 13 kills, had 10 digs, while Kait West led the Owls with 11 digs.  Bailey Wilson paced the offense with 42 assists.

The first set featured back and forth action with nine ties and five lead changes. The score was tied at 10-10 when Keene State committed three straight attack errors to give the Chargers a 13-10 advantage. The home team held the lead until a Kelly Hunt (Milford, Conn.) kill knotted the set at 16-16. Colby-Sawyer tied the score again at 20-20 after a Cox kill. The Owls rattled off the final five points of the set, capped by a pair of Lamica kills to take the first 25-20.

 Keene State raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and didn't look back. The Owls hit .500 as a team with 17 kills to run away with the 25-11 victory while limiting the Chargers to -.091 as a team.  

The third set was similar to the first and had 13 ties and seven lead changes. Colby-Sawyer held its largest lead of the frame at 16-12 before the Owls came back with a 10-1 run capped by a Mathieu kill to take a 22-17 lead. Lamica finished the third the way she ended the first with a pair of kills to give Keene State a 25-19 win.

Service Aces

  • This was the second meeting of the season between the two teams, after the Owls scored a 3-2 win over Colby-Sawyer at the Granite State Challenge on September 8.
  • It's the 12th time this year that Owls have won by a 3-0 sweep.  Keene State hit .340 as a team, the third highest hit percentage for the Owls in a game this season.
  • Mathieu's previous career high was 10 kills, set earlier this year against Framingham State on September 2.

Up Next

  • Keene State hosts the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Spaulding Gym.
  • The Chargers will take part in a home tri-match with Lyndon State and Johnson State on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

(Parts of this release courtesy Colby-Sawyer College)