LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Norwich University women's volleyball team captured a 3-0 victory over the host Hornets from Lyndon State College on Thursday. Norwich moves to 4-9 overall on the year while Lyndon State evens its record at 7-7.
Norwich, who fell to the Hornets in five sets earlier this season, rebounded to post a three-set victory via scores of 25-23, 25-15 and 25-18. The Cadets improve to 12-2 against their in-state rivals since debuting as a varsity program in 2006.
Freshman Ashley Nau (Sunrise, Fla.) led the team with nine kills on 15 errorless swings, tallying a team-leading three block assists and a solo block. Freshman Monika Schneider (Brookline, N.H.) also did not commit an attacking error, posting five kills while contributing a team-leading five service aces.
Junior Katie Crane (Avon, N.Y.) handed out 15 assists while freshman Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) reached double-digit digs for the fourth time this season (11). Sophomore Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) also provided a strong defensive presence, posting nine digs.
Norwich used a Schneider kill to open up an 18-9 lead in the first set, forcing a time-out by the hosts. The pause in play sparked the Lyndon State offense as the Hornets scored four-straight points to make things interesting. Later in the set, the hosts rallied from a 23-16 deficit before Norwich was able to capture a 25-23 lead.
Strong serving from the Cadets closed out the second set as Dawson notched a service ace with her team leading 20-14 before Crane used back-to-back service aces to cap off the middle stanza – in total, Norwich scored five of its second half points via the service ace.
Lyndon State overwhelmed Norwich in the third set, opening up a 7-2 lead. With the score tied at 13, however, the Cadets were able to score all but five of the next 16 points to eventually take a 25-18 third set win.
Kelleigh Murtagh posted seven kills for Lyndon State while Gwyneth Stahl posted 11 assists. Stahl netted the double-double, recording 10 digs, while Murtagh ranked second with nine digs.
Norwich, winners of three out of its last five contests, host St. Joseph (Conn.) on Monday, Oct. 10 and St. Joseph (Vt.) on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in Andrews Hall.