KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College volleyball team was handed a 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-14) setback by Rivier University on Tuesday night at Spaulding Gym.
- Keene State: 9-7
- Rivier: 14-1
- The Owls head to Maine for a tri-match on Saturday, beginning with a Little East Conference match against the University of Southern Maine, as well as the University of Maine-Machias. First serve is scheduled for noon.
- The Raiders will also be in tri-match action on Saturday, hosting Westfield State and UMass Dartmouth at 11 am.
Tale of the Tape
- Keene State struggled at the net, hitting .025 for the match. Rachel Lamica led the way with 11 kills and added seven digs, but no other Owl had more than five kills.
- Riley Bunker had a team high 22 digs, and Leslie Hearns and Hannah Syzmanski each had eight. Taylor Bright had seven. Katie Cunningham had 24 assists.
- The Raiders got a strong match from Lauren Silverman, who hit .357 with 14 kills, and Dana Mott added 13 kills. Hayley Macken had 38 assists and Bethany Trevino had 23 digs.
Set One Highlights
- Keene State jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, as Courtney Collins had a kill and an assisted block, and Lamica had a pair of kills.
- The Raiders chipped away, getting to within 18-16 on a service ace by Madison Soucy, and took a 21-20 lead on a kill by Macken.
- Rivier then ended the set with four straight points, the last of which a kill from Mott which ended the set.
Set Two Highlights
- Again Keene State took an early advantage, taking an 8-4 lead on a kill by Syzmanski.
- A kill from Mott got Rivier within 12-11, but Olivia Mathieu restored a three point lead with a kill to make it 20-17.
- Molly McCormack's kill tied the set at 22, but the Owls claimed the win with the last three points of the set, as Riley Bunker served up an ace and Rivier ended the set with an error.
Set Three Highlights
- The Raiders came out strongly in the third, rolling out to a 14-3 advantage on Silverman's kill.
- KSC was not able to mount a comeback, but did trim the lead to 20-12 on Rivier error.
- The Raiders ended the set on a 5-1 run, with kills from Alex Winet and Silverman ending the set.
Set Four Highlights
- The fourth set began similar to the third as Rivier scored the first seven points and never looked back.
- A kill from Lamica made it a 16-8 game, and Jeni Severino had a kill of her own to make it 21-14, but Rivier scored the final four points to end the set and the match.