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Volleyball Rallies to Defeat Keene State, 3-1

Photo Courtesy of Bre Cavanaugh '19
Photo Courtesy of Bre Cavanaugh '19

KEENE, N.H. – The 24th-ranked Wesleyan volleyball team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Keene State in a non-conference match on the road, 3-1. The Cardinals won by scores of 22-25, 25-14, 25-18, and 25-17.

Four players recorded double-digit kills for Wesleyan, who were led by Mia Hogan's 16, as the Cardinals improved to 13-2 overall. Megan Palmer led the Owls with 11 kills as they fell to 16-5.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The first set went back-and-forth early and often. With the match tied at 20-20, Keene State went on a 3-0 run and eventually claimed a three-point victory.
  • It was a different story in the second as the Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. A kill by Bella Ahearn followed by a kill from Gabby Bennett put the visitors on top 20-10. Shortly after, Ahearn sealed the win with another kill to even the match.
  • The second set was tied at 9-9 but back-to-back points by the Cardinals gave them the lead, which they held the rest of the way. Wesleyan scored eight of the last 12 points to take a 2-1 lead.
  • The Cardinals' strong play carried over into the third as they jumped out to a 7-1 advantage. They led by as much as 10, 17-7, but Keene State cut the deficit to six down the stretch. However, Wesleyan closed out the match with a 2-0 run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Cardinals hit .218 as a team as Hogan tallied 16 kills and 12 digs. Bennett recorded a .545 attack clip with 14 kills, while Nicole Hilton registered 12 and Ahearn finished with 11.
  • Kaira Muraoka-Robertson was excellent as she dished out 54 assists and totaled 12 digs. Phia Bellizzi led the defense with 23 digs, while Jenna Otaola added 19 and Olivia Guidotti posted 11. Hilton also totaled five blocks (four assists, one solo).
  • In addition to Palmer's 11 kills, Ali McLoughlin totaled 10 for Keene State. Bailey Wilson led the offense with 30 assists and Sydney Johnson led the defense with 16 digs. Palmer also recorded 15 digs and Olivia Mathieu added 12.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action tomorrow for a 7 p.m. NESCAC match against Middlebury.