Men's Volleyball Comes Back, Loses 3-2 at Keuka

Men's Volleyball Comes Back, Loses 3-2 at Keuka

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – Three student-athletes posted double-doubles as the Keuka College men's volleyball team snapped a seven-match losing streak with a thrilling five-set win over Southern Vermont College Sunday afternoon inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.

Junior Anthony Barahona (Eagle Rock, Calif.) led the Mountaineers with 13 kills while freshman Caleb Odom (Redlands, Calif.) followed with 10. Freshman Alonzo Wright (Chula Vista, Calif.) had seven kills and only two errors on 15 swings for a .333 hitting percentage.

Junior Devin Lesch (San Diego, Calif.)posted 11 kills and 11 digs, sophomore Manny Fernandez (Tacoma, Wash.) recorded 13 digs and 10 kills and freshman Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta) added 24 digs and 14 kills for the Storm (4-12).

Keuka won the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-19 before the Mountaineers (6-12) won the next two, 25-20 and 26-24.

In the decisive fifth set, an efficient Storm attack produced eight kills with only two errors in 14 attempts (.429 attack percentage) to clinch the win, 15-8.

SVC freshman libero Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) had a team-high eight digs while sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) assisted 32 of the 46 Mountaineer kills. Sophomore Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) had four block assists while Odom added another three.

Lesch added seven total blocks and Hinman had two blocks while freshman Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta) added 8 digs, 5 kills and 4 blocks as the Green and Gold won for the first time since defeating Berkeley College and College of Mount St. Vincent Feb. 22 at the Bard College Invitational. Hinman set a season-high in digs while Lesch set season-highs in both digs and kills. It was the first double-doubles of the season for Lesch, Fernandez and Hinman. Sophomore Ryan Kelly (Clifton Springs, N.Y.) handed out 40 assists to go with 11 digs (both season-highs) and he added two aces and two blocks for Keuka, which picked up its first home win of the season.

The Mountaineers return to New England Collegiate Conference play Tuesday with a 7 p.m. match at Newbury College, and Keuka hosts Wells College at 7 p.m. Tuesday.