BOSTON, Mass. - The Norwich University volleyball team split a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tri-match at Simmons University on Saturday, falling to the hosting Sharks 3-0 before defeating the Blue Jays of St. Joseph (Conn.) 3-2 in game two.
Simmons dominated the first two sets 25-12 and 25-15 before things headed into what would be the decisive game three. Norwich put forth a rally attempt, as the game saw 13 different tied scores before Sharks finally took back-to-back points to take the set and match by a 26-24 score.
Game number two ended up going all five sets, as Norwich and St. Joseph battled back and forth. Norwich took the odd sets (25-22, 25-11, 15-9) while the Blue Jays took the second and fourth set (25-20, 25-23), as Norwich took home the 3-2 victory and their second GNAC win of the year.
Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) led the Cadets, setting a new career-high with 18 kills on a .341 attacking percentage alongside 14 digs and four service aces. Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) continued to re-write Norwich volleyball history, with a new all-time single-game digs record of 34 digs on the afternoon. Senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) racked up 42 assists, 12 digs, three blocks, and a pair of service aces.
The split brings Norwich to 7-11 overall on the year and 2-6 within the GNAC. Norwich is back home on Tuesday afternoon, resuming a match against Southern Vermont College from September 3rd that was suspended in the second set after some playing condition problems at SVC. That game is set to resume at 5:00 PM in Andrews Hall Gymnasium.