KEENE, N.H. – The Keene State College volleyball team won in straight sets for the sixth time this season, taking down in-state foe Colby-Sawyer College 3-0 on Tuesday evening at Spaulding Gym.
- Keene State: 7-3
- Colby-Sawyer: 4-4
How It Happened
Keene State had at least seven kills from four different people en route to the non-conference victory. Niamh Dodd and Megan Palmer had nine to pace the Owls, while Olivia Mathieu and Kelly Hunt each had seven. Hunt hit a match-high .353. Palmer added 18 digs and two block assists, while Riley Bunker had a game-high 21 digs and a pair of aces. Bailey Wilson had 30 assists and nine digs.
The Chargers came out energized, taking a 5-2 lead in the opening set on a kill by Courtney Murray. They widened the lead further, going up 13-8 on an ace from Morgan Flynn, but the Owls got on track, eventually tying the set at 16 after three consecutive points capped by a Palmer kill. The run continued with an ace from Bunker and a Colby-Sawyer error as KSC took the lead for the first time in the set (18-16). The Chargers answered quickly, though, snatching the lead right back with three straight points of their own. After it was tied 23-23, KSC put CSC away with a kill from Mathieu and an ace by Kait West.
The second set was more of the same initially, as the teams split the first 12 points. However, Keene State pulled away, going up 10-7 after a Dodd kill and CSC error, and later 16-8 as they reeled off six straight points. A kill by Hunt and an ace from Wilson finished the surge. The Owls ended the set quickly from there, scoring nine of the final 11 points to win going away (25-10).
KSC carried the momentum into the third set, as they scored eight of the first nine points. The Chargers steadily chipped away, getting within 12-10 after a pair of Owl attack errors. Keene State appeared to reclaim control of the set when they went up 18-14 on back-to-back kills from Palmer and Dodd, but Colby-Sawyer did not go away and eventually led 22-21. They still led 24-23 and had set point, but two straight kills from Dodd put the Owls back in front, and they clinched the match in three sets after a Chargers attack error.
- Palmer surpassed 100 kills on the season after tonight's match. She has a team-leading 106 and at least eight in each match she has appeared.
- The Owls hit a match-best .243 in the second set while holding Colby-Sawyer to -.044. The Chargers had a sub-zero hitting percentage in each of the last two sets.
- With the win, KSC evens the all-time series with the Chargers at 14-14, though the Owls have beaten them in each of the last four years.
- Keene State is right back in action tomorrow, September 12, as they visit Norwich University at 6:30 pm in the first meeting between the two programs since 2006.
- Colby-Sawyer hosts Fitchburg State University on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 pm.