Owls #6 senior libero Brianna Azzinaro serves the ball into the game in Spaulding Gymnasium.

Keene State faced off against Johnson and Wales University Saturday, August 18 in a volleyball game that ended with a score of 3-0 in Keene State’s favor.

In the first set, the Wildcats and Owls were tied at eleven until JWU (Johnson and Wales University) pulled ahead and gave themselves a 16- 12 lead after getting three straight kills on Keene State. The Owls countered with three of their own spikes and then added four more to the total giving them the lead with a 19-16 score. They expanded their lead more when Emilyann Ashford gave the Owls two more kills to make the score 22-19. The Wildcats got close to tieing the game, but Keene scored three of the final four points thanks to spikes from Sydney Johnson.

In the second set, JWU took an early lead which was needed to tie the game at one win apiece. Keene State finally took the lead back after scoring the next six of the seven points, making the score 16-13. Samuelson, Johnson scored to help make the Owls lead even greater. Ashford and McLoughlin also put up a block to put them in front even more. The Wildcats tried to make a comeback at multiple points, but Elizabeth Johnson finished off the set with a spike, giving the Owls the 25-22 win.

In search of a clean sweep on the road, Keene put up five quickly giving them an early advantage 6-2. The Owls were never behind this set with help from Kelsey Harper and Sydney Johnson, keeping the score almost doubled. The Wildcats did get within one, but a pair of kills from Samuelson, and swings from Ashford and Johnson gave the lady Owls a 20-14 advantage. JWU put up an error and allowed Keene to block two of their shots, giving the Owls the win.

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