NEW LONDON, N.H. - The Norwich University volleyball team split a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tri-match at Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, falling to the hosting Chargers before dispatching the Amcats of Anna Maria in the second game.
The first match of the day turned into a five-set thriller, as Norwich took the opening set 25-21, Colby-Sawyer answered with wins in set two and three, before Norwich took set four to necessitate the decisive fifth set. The Cadets fell behind early after a 6-1 Chargers run, but rallied to tie things up at 7-7. A modest 6-2 run by the Chargers was all it took to put the game out of reach, as Colby-Sawyer took the 15-12 set win and the 3-2 match victory.
Julia Schroeder (Victorville, Calif.) led the way for Norwich with 12 kills, 14 digs, and three service aces for 15.5 total points. Michele Zummo (Highland Mills, N.Y.) put up 12 kills and 12 digs, while Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) put up an 11 kill, 14 dig double-double of her own.
Game two was a much less stressful affair for Norwich as they breezed to a 3-0 win over Anna Maria via set wins of 25-13, 25-6, and 25-10. The Cadets control play end-to-end, only committing nine attack errors as a team while hitting a .328 percentage. Farnum put together an efficient 12 kills on 18 attacks for a blistering .611 attacking percentage, while senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) put up 19 assists and seven service aces.
The split marks the end of the team's lone senior's career, as Emily Oliver retires after four stellar years in the maroon and gold, leaving her name scattered across the Norwich record books. It also wraps up the Norwich season at an 11-14 overall record and a 3-9 mark within the GNAC.