Volleyball: Norwich hosts GNAC tri-match, fall to Suffolk and Regis

Volleyball: Norwich hosts GNAC tri-match, fall to Suffolk and Regis

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University volleyball team hosted the Suffolk Rams and Regis Pride in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tri-match in Andrews Hall on Saturday afternoon. 

Norwich and Regis opened up the action with the morning match, as Regis College Pride rolled to a 3-1 victory (25-21, 21-25, 27-29, 20-25) in four sets. 

Michele Zummo (Highland Mills, N.Y.) led the Cadets with a game-high and new career high 19 kills on a .295 attacking percentage, along with 13 digs. Senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) put up 40 assists and six kills, while Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) put up 12 kills and 10 digs. 

Katryna Veasey led the Pride with 15 kills and 21 digs while Rachel Bartels put up 13 kills on a .189 attacking percentage. 

The middle match of the day featured the Pride against the Suffolk Rams, which Suffolk took in four sets. 

Norwich's day finished up with a matchup with the Rams, in what turned into a thriller. Norwich went down 2-0 early after nearly identical 25-19 set losses. The Cadets showed a lot of heart in the third set, staving off elimination with a 25-15 that featured a 10-0 run in the middle of the set. 

Set four featured some amazing volleyball, as Norwich found a way to rally from a 24-16 deficit to once again fight off elimination. The Cadets rattled off ten straight points behind the serve of Emily Oliver to come all the way back and take the set 26-24. 

The fifth and decisive set featured a half-dozen lead changes between the two sets, coming down to a 14-14 tie at the end. Suffolk closed the game on a 4-0 run, putting an end to a terrific comeback bid by the Cadets. 

Kathryn Farnum paced Norwich with 12 kills, while Michele Zummo added in 11 of her own. The combo also put up 14 and 18 digs respectively for a pair of double-doubles. Emily Oliver had 37 assists and 11 digs, and freshman Addison Hall (Apple Valley, Calif) put up six kills, five service aces, and four blocks. 

With the pair of losses, Norwich falls to 9-13 on the year and 2-8 within the conference. Their final three games will take place on the road, first against Castleton on Thursday before traveling to Colby-Sawyer next Saturday to take on the Chargers and Anna Maria in a conference tri-match.