Owls #12 Kacie Blanchet (left) and #9 Emilyann Ashford (right) reaching for the ball.

This past week was busy for the volleyball team, playing four games. Their third game of the week was against the University of New England who is 3-6 this season. This game ended in a Keene State win, the final score being 3-1.

Keene State started off strong with two aces and three kills, totaling the first seven points of the game. The Owls kept the Nor’easters to just two points, increasing their lead by nine points. Senior Elizabeth Johnson gave the women two aces while sophomore Cassidy Samuelson put up a kill. For the remainder of the opening set, UNE was not able to get less than an eight point deficit, ending the set with a commanding score of 25-15 to set the tone of the game.

In the second set, the Nor’easters dominated the set by putting ten consecutive points, five of those points coming from errors. This allowed them to pull ahead, be in the lead and control the game. The Owls eventually made a comeback, scoring eight points on the Nor’easters, three of those points consisting of aces. This brought the score to 19-14 in favor of the Owls. UNE got close to taking back the lead when the score was 22-21, but the Owls would take that set as well.

Next, Keene State takes on Western Connecticut at noon and Wellesley at three, both home at the Spaulding Gymnasium on Saturday.

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