Smith, Capek Named Athletes of the Week
November 5, 2012
Junior Taylor Smith (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) broke a 14-year school record for digs in a season as the Keuka College women’s volleyball team advanced to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship before falling to Gallaudet (DC) University.
Senior Sarah Capek (Elmira, NY/Horseheads) capped her soccer career with a goal during the Storm’s NEAC quarterfinal loss to Penn State-Harrisburg. On Monday, Smith and Capek were honored as Keuka’s Athletes of the Week.
Smith, a second-team All-NEAC selection as a defensive specialist/libero, recorded 47 digs over two NEAC postseason matches as the second-seeded Storm (24-8) rallied for a five-set win over Penn State-Berks in the semifinals before being swept by three-time defending NEAC champion Gallaudet in the title match.
Smith led the Storm in digs with 534, establishing a new season-best for digs in a season, breaking Jodi Pagett’s old record of 512, set in 1998. Smith finished second in the NEAC in digs and was fourth in digs per set (4.77).
Keuka, which set a school record for most wins in a season, defeated Berks by scores of 18-25, 15-25, 25-16, 29-27 and 16-14 to advance into its first NEAC title match since 2006.
Just like in the semis, the Green and Gold dropped the first two sets to the Bison, but this time there was no comeback as the Storm fell in three sets by scores of 25-19, 25-8 and 25-13
Smith had 11 digs during the championship match for her 11th straight match with double-digit digs, and the 27th time in 32 matches.
In the semifinals, Smith recorded a career-best 36 digs as Keuka won its fifth straight match. It was the third time this year Smith posted 30-plus digs in a match for the Storm.
Capek scored her third goal of the season, but the Keuka women’s soccer team saw its season end Wednesday night, falling to Penn State-Harrisburg 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the NEAC postseason tournament.
Winners of five of its last six contests heading into the postseason, the sixth-seeded Storm (8-7) fell behind 2-0 on a pair of goals three minutes and 40 seconds apart early in the first half.
Keuka broke through for a goal in the 29th minute. After collecting a through ball, Capek slipped past a defender and made a run down the right side of the field before scoring inside the far post to trim the deficit to one.
The third-seeded Nittany Lions (13-6) took a 3-1 lead into halftime and tacked on a score in the 87th minute to advance in a game played at the Net Sports Complex in Palmyra, Pa.
The Green and Gold finished with a .500 record or better for the 14th consecutive season.