McDonnell paces Golden Bears with eight kills
KEENE, N.H. (October 11, 2018) – The Western New England University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-18) decision to Keene State College on Thursday evening in non-conference action at Spaulding Gym.
Western New England was led by sophomore outside hitter Hailey McDonnell (Methuen, Mass.), who finished with a team-high eight kills, eight digs and two aces.
Keene State senior middle blocker Niamh Dodd (Mahopac, N.Y.) produced a match-high 12 kills for the Owls, and sophomore Megan Palmer (East Islip, N.Y.) contributed with eight kills and nine digs.
Western New England, which fell behind 10-5 early in the first set, eventually pulled ahead 19-17 late in the frame. The Owls used a 3-0 run to reclaim a 20-19 edge, however, before responding to a kill by Fiore with a 5-0 run to end the set.
Keene State also opened the second set strong, as the Owls led 7-2 before a 6-1 Western New England run evened the frame at 8-8. The Owls surged back ahead with an 8-2 run to claim a 16-10 advantage, but the Golden Bears again fought back and closed to within three (19-16). Western New England would get no closer, as the Owls won the final six points to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the final set, Western New England got off to its best start (6-1) of the night and led 14-11 following a kill by McDonnell. Keene State took control from there, however, as the Owls won four straight points to pull ahead (15-14) and 14 of the final 18 points overall to complete the sweep.
• Western New England hit just .065 for the match, while Keene State posted a .277 attack percentage, including a .438 clip in the third set.
• McDonnell's 87 kills this season rank fifth on the team. The sophomore has recorded 46 kills over her last five matches.
• Senior Jenna Ferguson (Ellington, Conn.) and freshman Caleigh McDermott (Oakdale, N.Y.) led the Golden Bears defensively with ten digs each.
Western New England (8-13) travels to Norton, Mass. on Saturday for a tri-match at Wheaton College with the Lyons and the University of New England. Keene State (18-5) takes on Western Connecticut State and SUNY Potsdam on Saturday in a tri-match at WestConn.