Women’s Volleyball: Norwich Slips Past Southern Vermont, 3-1

Women’s Volleyball: Norwich Slips Past Southern Vermont, 3-1

BENNINGTON, Vt.  – The Norwich University women's volleyball team swept Southern Vermont College by scores of 25-23, 25-23, 27-29, 25-16 for the second win of the season.

The Cadets improve to 2-4 overall, while Southern Vermont falls to 1-4 on the year.

Southern Vermont opened the first set with five straight points for the 6-2 lead before Norwich scored four straight points, two on Tara Lyons' (Pocasset, Mass.) aces, to tie it up at six. It would be a back-and-forth affair for the remainder of the set until the Cadets drilled in three kills for the four-point lead, 22-18, forcing the Mountaineers to call timeout. Southern Vermont would come out of the break collecting four straight points on three kills and a Cadet error to trail by one, 23-22.

Junior Alex Ruediger (Sandy Lake, Pa.) would knock down a Cadet kill for the deciding point before the Mountaineers notched a kill themselves. Lyons then drilled in the set point to give NU its first match point on the night.

The Cadets stayed hot well into the second set, opening the frame with five straight points, two coming off of Courtney Quinn's (Taunton, Mass.) service aces, before Southern Vermont called for timeout. Norwich maintained the lead throughout the set with an 11-6 score before committing three errors gave the Mountaineers a breath of life. Southern Vermont would take that opportunity and attacked back into the game until they trailed by one point, 13-12. Norwich would extend its lead once again, recording eight points on three kills, two aces from Lyons and four Moutaineer errors for the 21-15 lead.  

After the timeout, Southern Vermont rallied back into contention with a 7-3 run for the 24-23 score until Norwich's Adrianna Watrobski (Amsterdam, N.Y.) drilled in the final point to end the set, 25-23, giving the Cadets the 2-0 lead.

The Mountaineers opened the third set with an 11-7 lead before Norwich collected three straight points to trail by one, 11-10. Both teams would trade points several times, tying the set at three separate occasions until Southern Vermont saw an opportunity to close out the set with the 24-23 lead. Lyons would drill the ball into the floor to tie it up, forcing the extra deciding points in which a team must lead by two points for the set point. Both teams tallied three additional points on each side before Southern Vermont ended the set with a kill and an ace for the 29-27 decision to end the set and collect its first match point on the night.

The fourth set continued to be a back-and-forth battle that saw the contest knotted five times with the score tied at 11-11. Norwich would score 10 straight points on five kills, two aces and four errors for the 22-11 lead. Southern Vermont looked to rebound from the hole, collecting five more points in the set before Lyons closed out the contest with a Norwich kill for the 25-16 decision as the Cadets held on for the 3-1 victory over the Mountaineers on the night.

The Cadets recorded a hit percentage of .218 on 46 kills and 13 service aces as Lyons led a team-high 14 kills and six aces with a .385 hitting percentage on the night. Ruediger finished with 12 kills and a team-high 16 digs, while Katherine Crane (Avon, N.Y.) collected 31 assists with an ace of her own. Quinn would post a .562 hitting percentage after drilling in nine kills out of 16 attack attempts with a pair of aces and a block solo for 12 points on the night.  

For the Mountaineers, junior Brin Goldman (Christiansted, Virgin Islands) recorded a team-high 18 kills with 10 digs on the night. Freshman Alycia Stevens (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) tallied 10 kills along with a team-high 22 digs and a block solo, while senior Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, Calif.) collected 26 assists for Southern Vermont.

The Cadets recorded a hit percentage of .218 on 46 kills and 13 service aces as Lyons led a team-high 14 kills and six aces with a .385 hitting percentage on the night. Ruediger finished with 12 kills and a team-high 16 digs, while Katherine Crane (Avon, N.Y.) collected 31 assists with an ace of her own. Quinn would post a .562 hitting percentage after drilling in nine kills out of 16 attack attempts with a pair of aces and a block solo for 12 points on the night.  

For the Mountaineers, junior Brin Goldman (Christiansted, Virgin Islands) recorded a team-high 18 kills with 10 digs on the night. Freshman Alycia Stevens (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) tallied 10 kills along with a team-high 22 digs and a block solo, while senior Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, Calif.) collected 26 assists for Southern Vermont.

Norwich will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 19 when it takes on in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) plya against Johnson & Wales on the road for the 1:00 p.m. match.