ST. LOUIS — Taylor Keck helped the Maryville women’s volleyball team end a six-match losing streak with an historic effort.
The Quincy Notre Dame graduate recorded 25 kills in a five-set, come-from-behind victory over William Jewell last week at Moloney Arena. The Saints won 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-8 with Keck delivering kills on four of the final five points in the fifth set.
The sophomore outside hitter established a new program for kills in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match. Her 25 kills rank fifth all-time in a single match and are the most by a Saints hitter since 1997. Keck also finished with a double-double, recording 10 digs.
It was the breakout match she needed.
In the six-match losing streak, Keck played sparingly, recording just 15 kills. Against William Jewell, however, she hit at a .360 clip and followed it with a .240 hitting percentage and seven kills in a victory at Fontbonne. She also had seven kills in a loss to Missouri-St. Louis last Saturday. Overall, Keck has 56 kills, 51 digs and five aces.
The Saints play Quincy University at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 30, at Pepsi Arena.
Neally kicks career-long field goal in victory
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Former Quincy High School kicker Devin Neally helped the Campbellsville football team win its first game of the season last Saturday, kicking a career-long 41-yard field goal in the 31-28 victory over the University of Pikeville.
Neally gave the Tigers a 24-21 halftime lead when he booted his field goal with 2:12 remaining in the first half. Pikeville took a 28-24 lead in the third quarter, only to have Campbellsville answer with a four-play, 51-yard scoring drive capped by Neally kicking the extra point.
It was the Tigers’ first victory of the season and evened their Mid-South Conference record at 1-1.
Overall, Neally is 2 for 3 on field-goal attempts this season and 10 for 10 on extra points.
Personett earns national recognition
MONMOUTH, Ill. — The Monmouth College football team has rattled off four consecutive victories, and former Pittsfield standout Korbyn Personett is playing a major role in the Fighting Scots’ defensive success.
In a 42-0 victory over Lawrence University on October 2, Personett had seven tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end was named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week and to the D3football.com National Team of the Week.
He followed it up with nine tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one pass broken up and one quarterback hurry in a 40-37 victory over the University of Chicago last Saturday.
Overall, Personett leads the Fighting Scots with 11 tackles for loss and six sacks to go with 27 tackles.
Murphy scores game-winner for Cougars
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Quincy Notre Dame graduate Mitchell Murphy helped the SIU-Edwardsville men’s soccer team pick up its second Missouri Valley Conference victory of the season with his third goal of the season.
Murphy gave the Cougars a 1-0 in the 60th minute of a 2-1 victory over Drake at Ralph Korte Stadium when teammate Oskar Lenz made a nifty touch pass off a restart to set up Murphy for a blast into the right side of the net.
Murphy is tied for the team lead with three goals and shots on goal with 10. He has one game-winning goal this season.