Men’s Volleyball Concludes Opening Weekend
February 2, 2013
The Keuka College men’s volleyball team swept Sarah Lawrence College as part of the program’s first-ever weekend of competition at York College in New York City.
The Storm finished 1-2 on the opening weekend, dropping a pair of matches with host York in-between the three-set sweep of Sarah Lawrence.
On Friday night, Keuka was swept by York by scores of 25-18, 29-27 and 28-26. Freshman Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) recorded a match-high 12 kills with 7 digs and 3 blocks while sophomore Ryan Kelly (Clifton Springs, NY/Midlakes) added 29 assists and four digs in the first-ever match.
Freshmen Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) and Tom Campbell (Penfield, NY/Penfield) each added six kills, and Campbell had 5 blocks, while freshman Christopher Mooring (Chesapeake, VA/Hickory) had five kills and four digs for the Storm.
On Saturday, Keuka fell to York 25-8, 25-20 and 25-19 before sweeping Sarah Lawrence 25-12, 25-12 and 25-12.
Hinman had 10 kills and six digs while Kelly had 17 assists and Campbell and Mooring each added four kills in the loss to York.
Hinman had nine kills with only one error in 14 attempts (.571 hitting percentage) while Kelly had 22 assists and Campbell and Mooring each added five kills in the win over Sarah Lawrence. The Storm had 15 service aces, led by three apiece from Kelly, Makin and sophomore Manny Fernandez (Tacoma, WA/Tacoma CC).
After dropping the first set in program history, Keuka trailed 14-11 before Campbell and Hinman had kills to pull the Storm within one. Neither team led by more than two points, and when Mooring won back-to-back service points, the Storm led 21-19.
A Makin kill knotted the score at 24, a Mooring kill evened the score at 25 and kills from Hinman and Kelly gave Keuka a 27-26 lead, but York (3-0) won the next three points for a 2-0 lead.
Keuka stormed out to a 5-1 lead in a back-and-forth third set, but York answered and took a 10-9 lead. The game was tied seven times before Mooring put the Green and Gold ahead 24-22 on a kill. York won the next three points to take a 25-24 lead and force match point before Mooring’s kill evened the score at 25.
Keuka led 26-25, but dropped the final three points to complete the sweep.
On Saturday, the two schools squared off again, and after York won the first set, Keuka took a 9-5 lead after an ace from Hinman. York answered with a 10-4 run to take a 15-13 lead, but Hinman and Mooring had consecutive kills to tie the score at 15.
York scored the next six points to take a 2-0 lead and won the third set to improve to 5-1.
In the final match of the weekend, Hinman had three kills and Campbell had two kills as part of an 11-1 run to open the first set. Mooring had back-to-back aces and Campbell added an ace as Keuka led 20-6 en route to the first set win in program history.
The Storm were in control of the second set and won 15 of the final 21 points to take a 2-0 lead, and Kelly won five straight service points and Makin won four straight service points as the Storm completed their historic first win.
Keuka returns home for the program’s home opener at 2 p.m. Saturday, when Penn State-Altoona comes to campus for a non-conference clash.