Women’s Volleyball Falls to Pitt-Bradford
September 11, 2012
Junior Paige Golden (Kent, NY/Albion) posted her third double-double of the season, finishing with 13 kills and 15 digs, but despite winning the first set, the Keuka College women’s volleyball team fell at home to the University of Pitt-Bradford Tuesday night.
The Storm (4-2) prevailed during a back-and-forth opening set, winning 26-24, but the Green and Gold dropped the next three sets, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-21.
Sophomore Devan Curtis (San Clemente, CA/San Clemente) added a team-leading 15 kills to go with 7 digs and 3 aces and junior setter Jill Nolan (Johnson City, NY/Maine-Endwell) added 47 assists in the loss for Keuka.
Golden also had three aces while junior Taylor Smith (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) added 19 digs. The Storm sported a .166 hitting percentage, fueled by Curtis, who managed a season-best 15 kills with no errors on 39 total attacks for a .385 percentage.
Brittni Cumberland had 22 assists, 11 digs and 5 kills, Lauren Hogue added 12 kills and five blocks and Jeneessa Cepresh had 12 digs, 6 kills and 3 service aces for Pitt-Bradford (3-7), which opened the year 0-5 but has won three of its last five matches.
The Storm started fast in the first set, taking a 9-2 lead on an ace from sophomore Dani Alred (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) and a 15-11 lead after Golden had back-to-back kills. Pitt-Bradford rallied and tied the score at 24-all before Paige won the last two service points, capped by a kill from Curtis.
In the second set, Golden’s kill pulled Keuka even at 20-all, but the Storm couldn’t take the lead and fell 25-22.
An ace from Golden gave the Green and Gold a 4-1 lead early in the third, and Golden’s kill made the score 6-2 before the Panthers went on a 6-0 run to take an 8-2 lead. Keuka jumped out to a 21-17 lead before a 5-0 run put Pitt-Bradford ahead 22-21.
Sophomore Shante Paulo (Binghamton, NY/Binghamton) had a kill to tie the score at 22, but once again, Pitt-Bradford closed the set on a 3-0 run.
Juniors Meg Houlihan (Elysian, MN/Minnesota State University) and Deliane Lessard (Rochester, NY/Genesee Community College) recorded back-to-back kills to stake the Storm to a 10-9 lead, but the Panthers captured the next six points to take a 15-10 lead.
Golden’s last kill of the match pulled Keuka within 19-17, but the Panthers prevailed, 25-21 to win in four sets.
The Storm heads to Buffalo for the Hilbert Invitational, this Friday and Saturday. Keuka will play D’Youville College and SUNY Fredonia on Friday night before playing in two more matches on Saturday.