CASTLETON, Vt. - The Keene State College volleyball team never trailed and held Castleton University under ten points in each set while posting a 3-0 (25-5, 25-5, 25-4) victory over the host Spartans in LEC action on Tuesday night at Glenbrook Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 15-5, 3-1 LEC
- Castleton: 2-11, 0-3 LEC
How It Happened
Megan Palmer had double-digit kills (12) for the 14th time this season and seventh consecutive match. Olivia Mathieu had seven kills and eight digs, while Elizabeth Johnson chipped in seven kills and five aces. Bailey Wilson had 16 assists and Nina Dias 13.
The Owls were never threatened in any of the sets, as they scored five and 15 straight points to open the first two frames, respectively. In the opening set, a kill from Palmer and two aces from Wilson were part of opening a 5-0 lead. Leading 6-2, KSC rattled off 12 consecutive points to quickly pull away. Mathieu and Niamh Dodd each had a pair of kills during the run. Still with a 21-5 advantage, the Owls used two kills from Palmer and one from Johnson to end the set.
The second set featured six kills, four from Mathieu, and five aces from Ali McLoughlin during Keene State's 15-0 opening burst. Castleton scored consecutive points for the first of only two times in the match after that, but KSC scored seven straight right after, as Dodd had a kill and Johnson a pair of aces for a 22-2 lead. Two kills from Dodd sandwiched around another from Mathieu over the remainder of the set gave Keene State the 25-5 set win.
The third frame was nothing different, as the Owls tallied 17 of the first 18 points, including 16 straight after it was tied 1-1. Three kills from Palmer and two aces from Sarah Williams made it 7-1 and, later, a pair of kills by Kali Sequeira made it a 13-point gap. The 16 point surge was halted for the moment by a KSC attack error, but the Owls scored seven of the final nine points, including three kills from Johnson and two from Palmer, to finish the sweep.
- KSC's 15 service aces tie a season-high. That was also accomplished against New England College on September 8. The Owls had 14 on September 25 against Plymouth State.
- Palmer now has 210 kills on the season. 371 would crack the top ten for single-season totals in school history.
- Keene State set a new high watermark for the season by hitting .441 in the match. Castleton was limited to -.205. The Owls also had a massive 37-4 advantage in kills.
- KSC is currently 3-1 in the conference, tied with Eastern Connecticut State University and UMass Boston for the top spot.
- It was the first ever meeting between the two programs. Castleton joined the league for the 2018-19 athletic season after being in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) previously.
- Keene State returns home for a tri-match this Saturday, October 6. The Owls first take on conference foe UMass Dartmouth at 12:00 pm before a matchup with University of Maine-Presque Isle at 4:00 pm.
- Castleton goes to Eastern Connecticut for a tri-match that includes the Warriors and Connecticut College on the same day and time.