NEWTON, Mass. - The Norwich University women's volleyball team wrapped up their 2017 season with a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tri-match on Saturday afternoon, defeating Anna Maria College before dropping their final match to Lasell College.
The first game saw a very tight match slowly move into Norwich control, culminating in a 3-0 Norwich sweep. The first set of the day featured several lead changes and a narrow 26-24 Norwich win. Set two also went to the Cadets by a 25-20 count before NU put together a dominating third set to take the set and the match by a 25-17 score.
Norwich was led by the combined attack of freshmen Kathyrn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) and Julia Schroeder (Victorville, Calif.). In the first match of the day, the two combined for 22 of the team's 40 kills on a spectacular .401 combined attacking percentage. Schroeder also chipped in 10 digs defensively and 2 service aces in the game.
Game two for the Cadets did not go as smoothly, as the squad fell to Lasell College by a 3-1 final in four sets; 15-25, 25-20, 14-25, 15-25.
After dropping the first set the Cadets showed a lot of fight storming back to win the second set decisively. However the Lasers of Lasell College, currently sitting in fourth place in the GNAC, put together back to back dominating sets to dash Norwich's hopes and end their season.
The Cadets' offensive attack did not carry over its momentum from game one, but the team still saw some solid individual performances. Sophomore Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) led the team with 15 digs. Junior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) once again paced the team offensively with 20 assists in the second game.
Oliver enjoyed a fantastic 2017 season, with a team-leading 630 assists on the year. Her career total of 938 assists put her at number three on the Cadets all-time list and puts her on the cusp of joining the 1,000 assists club early next season.
With the loss, Norwich finishes up the year with a 12-14 record and a 3-9 mark within the GNAC. 2018 promises to be a great year for the young Cadets, as they will return their entire starting line-up next season and hope to improve upon this season and once again compete for a GNAC Championship.