NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - The Norwich University volleyball team hit the road on Saturday to take on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and Lebanon Valley College in a non-conference tri-match, defeating the hosting Trailblazers before falling to the Dutchmen of Lebanon Valley.
The Cadets fell behind in game one, dropping the first set by a 25-20 score, before rallying to pick up victories in set two (26-24) and three (25-23) to take a 2-1 lead. MCLA responded with a 25-23 victory of their own in set four, setting things up for a winner-take-all set number five. The maroon and gold fell behind 5-3, but rallied for a 6-0 run to regain a 9-5 advantage as they finished off the 15-9 set and match victory.
Julia Schroeder (Victorville, Calif.) put forth a career effort in the opening game, racking up 19 kills on a .516 hitting percentage along with 20 digs and four service aces. 19 is the fifth highest single-game kill total in Norwich history, and her hitting percentage is the fourth-best mark in team history. Senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) also put her name in the record book, setting a new career high with 51 assists, the second-best mark in the program's history. Michele Zummo (Highland Mills, N.Y.) and Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) also put forth great performances, totaling 14 and 12 kills respectively. Norwich broke into the top-ten in team statistical categories records with 58 kills and 56 assists, the second and third highest team totals ever.
Game two was a different story for Norwich, as they fell in four sets (8-25, 13-25, 25-23, 18-25) to Lebanon Valley. The Cadets had a tough time getting their attack going, as they hit -.016 as a team and made 31 errors versus just 29 kills. Lebanon Valley managed to hit .359 as a team and make just 13 errors.
The split brings the Cadets' overall record to 6-9 on the year, as their 1-4 conference record remains unaffected. Norwich will return home for their next tilt, when they host GNAC foe Lasell College on Wednesday, October 10th, for a 7:00 PM match in Andrews Hall.