WORCESTER, Mass. - The Keene State College volleyball team recorded season bests of 55 kills and a .280 hitting percentage on the way to their seventh straight win, 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-22) over Worcester State University on Tuesday evening at Brissette Court.
- Keene State: 11-3
- Worcester State: 6-6
How It Happened
The Owls received a kill from nine different people and were paced by Megan Palmer's 15 kills and 16 digs. Niamh Dodd also reached double-digit kills with 11, while Riley Bunker had 20 digs. Bailey Wilson recorded 42 assists, eight digs and seven kills while hitting .750 in the match. Worcester State got 14 kills and 22 digs from Amari King, and 39 assists from Allie Nolan.
It was a close match throughout, as neither team ever had a lead of more than five points. In fact, the biggest lead for Worcester State came at the very beginning of the match when they scored six of the first eight points. The Owls quickly answered, though, getting kills from Palmer and Hunt to draw within one before tying it at 10-10 on a Lancers attack error. WSU responded with three straight, but the Owls went in front for the first time after scoring the next four, including an ace from Bunker. Kills from Palmer and Olivia Mathieu put the Owls back up 17-16, and Worcester State never led again despite tying the set four different times. A kill from Dodd had the Owls up 22-20, but the Lancers came right back with two straight. The Owls had set point at 24-23 after a kill from Palmer, but an answer from Stephanie Chapin forced extra points. There, a kill from Palmer put KSC in front and the Owls took the set after a WSU attack error.
The second set was more of the same, as the teams went back-and-forth and were never separated by more than two points. Kills by Kali Sequeira and Palmer had Keene State out in front 8-6 in the early going, but the Lancers scored the next three on a pair of kills and an ace. KSC nudged back out in front 12-11 on a kill from Wilson only to see Worcester State answer and take two different one point advantages. Later, a pair of kills from Mathieu, and one each from Hunt and Dodd helped the Owls stay out in front 19-17 as the set wound down. However, the Lancers tallied five of the next six points and appeared to take control of the set when King's kill made it 22-20 WSU. The Owls had a final surge in them, though, as kills from Palmer, Dodd and Jennifer Severino put them right back out in front and they eventually took a 2-0 lead in the match when Wilson set up Mathieu.
Keene State carried the momentum into the third, as they scored eight of the first 11 points to assume the largest lead either team had in the match. Palmer had three kills and Dodd two during the surge. As was the theme of the match, there was an answer, but this time the Lancers were never able to catch the Owls despite getting within one five different times. After seeing the lead get chopped to just 10-9, the Owls got kills from Dodd and Ali McLoughlin to go back up four (13-9). It was still 18-14, but WSU scored three straight to get within one. They were still within that margin (21-20) after a kill from Emily Carens, but Dodd and Palmer answered with ones of their own as the Owls went up 24-21. A kill from Severino put the match to bed.
- KSC has had win streaks of three and seven thus far this season. The school record of 15 straight was set at the beginning of last season. The Owls have also won 21 consecutive sets.
- Keene State beat Worcester State for the 18th time in 19 all-time meetings, including 3-0 triumphs in each of the last three years.
- Wilson has now moved into eighth place on KSC's all-time assists list with 1325.
- With 55 kills in tonights matchup, it is fourth most team kills in a three set match this year in Division III.
- Keene State has a non-conference tri-match on Saturday, September 22 at Babson Park, Mass. The Owls will take on Smith College at 1:00 pm and host Babson College at 3:00 pm.
- Worcester State completes a five-game homestand with a MASCAC matchup against Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm.