SALEM, Mass. - The Norwich University volleyball team fell to Salem State on Thursday evening, letting a 2-0 set lead slip to lose by a 3-2 final score.
Things started off well enough for the Cadets, as they breezed to 25-22 and 25-21 victories in the opening two sets. Norwich got out to a 21-17 lead in the third set and looked well on their way to a 3-0 sweep before Salem State went on an 8-2 run to pull off the come from behind 25-23 victory. The Vikings rode the wave of momentum to a 25-14 win in the fourth set and a 16-14 performance in the decisive fifth set to take the match by a 3-2 final.
It was Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) leading the way for Norwich again, as the sophomore put up a game-high 15 kills on a .324 attack percentage along with a team-high 16 digs. Senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) racked up 39 assists, while Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) collected 12 digs and a team-high four service aces.
The loss drops the Cadets down to 5-8 overall this year, and their conference record remains at 1-4. The Cadets are back in action this weekend for a non-conference tri-match at MCLA where they'll square off with the hosting Trailblazers and the team from Lebanon Valley. They'll return to GNAC play next Wednesday when they host Lasell at 7:00 PM.