NORTHFIELD, Vt. The Norwich University volleyball team fell in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play on Wednesday night, as the Lasell College Lasers took a 3-1 victory in Andrews Hall.
Set number one was a back and forth battle, as Norwich and Lasell made just five attack errors apiece. With the score set at 23-22 late, the Lasers managed to put up back-to-back kills from Olivia Addington and Meghan Roberts to seal up the 25-22 set win.
Norwich fared better in the second set, as they rattled off a 7-0 run to close out a 25-20 set win and even things back up at 1-1. Set three looked to also be trending in the Cadets favor as they opened up play with a 6-0 run right off the bat. The Lasers came storming back, however, and the game saw several lead changes down the stretch. Norwich held a tenuous 21-20 lead late, but Lasell took four of the next five points to lock up a pivotal 25-22 win.
Lasell commanded set four, holding a 23-16 lead late. Norwich rallied for three straight points to cut it to 23-19, but the Lasers notched two straight points to take the set and the match 25-19.
Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) and Michele Zummo (Highland Mills, N.Y.) led the Cadets attack once again with nine kills apiece. Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) had a great night defensively with 29 digs, the third highest single-game total in Norwich history. She now sits sixth all-time with 696 career digs.
Kiana Perez led the Lasers with a game-high 18 kills on 59 attacks. Jess Langan paced the attack with 43 assists, while Olivia Addington recorded 21 digs.
The loss drops Norwich down to 6-10 and a 1-5 mark within the conference, while Lasell moves to 10-12 and 7-2 on the year. Next up for the Cadets is a road trip to Simmons College for a conference tri-match with the hosting Sharks and the Bluejays of St. Joseph (Conn.) starting at 2:00 PM.