KEENE, N.H.--Rachel Lamica had 14 kills and 14 digs to lead the Keene State College volleyball team to a critical 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-23 Little East Conference win over the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at Spaulding Gym.
- Keene State: 19-3, 4-0 LEC
- Southern Maine: 16-6, 1-3 LEC
How it Happened
The Owls also got strong games from Niamh Dodd, who had nine kills and hit .300, Olivia Mathieu (seven kills, seven digs), and Bailey Wilson (35 assists, seven digs, one solo block). Keene State hit .246 as a team while limiting the Huskies to a .121 hit percentage.
The Owls rolled out to a 7-2 lead in the first set as Mathieu and Riley Bunker each had a service ace in the early going. The Huskies closed to within two at 10-8 but Mathieu served up five straight points as Keene State extended the lead to 15-8. A Southern Maine error made it 20-12, but the Huskies clawed back into the set, going on a 9-4 run to get within three at 24-21 before Wilson set up Lamica for a kill to end the set.
It was the Huskies who took a quick lead in the second set, going up 10-6 on a pair of aces by Faolain Harrington. Strong serving from Kait West accounted for six straight points for the Owls to go up 12-10. Lamica's kill made it 16-14, but the Huskies scored the next three to take a 17-16 lead. Cydnee Morgan's serving and three straight USM errors gave the Owls a 24-17 advantage,but the Huskies fought off set point six straight times, closing to within 24-23 on a kill from Mo Raymond. Following a Keene State timeout, Wilson's tip over the net found the floor as Keene State avoided extra points.
Again Southern Maine took the lead in the beginning of the second set, as Raymond's kill made it 11-7. Keene State surged back in front with a 9-3 run for a 16-14 lead, and Wilson's block on Raymond made it 22-18 in favor of the Owls. A kill from Dodd made it 24-19, but the Huskes would not go away, scoring four straight points at match point to get within 24-23. The Owls called timeout, and out of the huddle ended the game on a kill from Lamica.
- The win all but guarantees a top two seed for Keene State in the upcoming LEC tournament. The top two seeds will get a bye into the semifinal round of the conference tournament that begins on October 31.
- Lamica now needs eight kills for 1,200 in her career. Riley Bunker, who had 11 digs, now has 1,325 for her career, and needs just 59 to move into third place all-time in school history.
- Keene State needs just one more win to reach the 20 win plateau for the first time since 2015.
- The Owls travel to UMass Boston on Wednesday, October 18, for an LEC showdown that will likely determine the top seed in the conference tournament. First serve is slated for 6 p.m.
- Southern Maine is also in action on October 18, when they travel to Colby-Sawyer College to start a 7 p.m. match.