AURORA CARABALLO

SportsEditor

The Keene State College volleyball team dominated the court Wednesday night in their game against Westfield State University. 

Keene State had an early 6-5 lead in the opening set, but was able to pull away quickly after scoring seven of the eight points that followed. This put KSC in front 13-6 after kills from Emilyann Ashford and an ace by Ali McLoughlin. 

Kacie Blanchet led the KSC Owl’s into double-digits with a pair of her five aces on the night.

Cassidy Samuelson doubled KSC’s lead 24-12 before the home Owl’s first-year middle blocker, Sarah Bingham made a serve error to end the first set, 25-15 in favor of Keene State.

The second set was similar to the first.

The Westfield State University Owls were tied with the Keene State Owls, but a spike by Johnson started a 10-2 burst for Keene State. 

This resulted in a 16-8 lead.

Samuelson and Ashford both had kills and a combined block that widened the gap to 20-12.

KSC ended that one with a 25-15 lead as well.

The third set was the closest of the three.

Keene State was down once in the set with a score of 4-3, but they made a major comeback and they were never behind again after that.

With a score of 17-16, KSC had a brief 5-1 binge with kills from Sydney Johnson, Ashford, and Elizabeth Johnson.

Westfield tried to make a comeback, adding two, but this was followed by kills from both Elizabeth and Sydney Johnson.

Keene State took the third set 25-21.

Cassidy Samuelson had nine kills this game. She matched her career mark, set in the season-opener against Skidmore. Samuelson has managed to rack up a total of 25 kills over the only four matches this season.

Emilyann Ashford also added eight kills for herself in the game.

This win made the Owl’s 4-0 for the first time since 2017.

Aurora Caraballo can 

be contacted at

acaraballo@kscequinox.com

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