PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Norwich University women's volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon on the road at Foley Gym, defeating Mount Holyoke 3-0 before falling to host Plymouth State by the same score.
The Cadets earned a straight-sets sweep over the Lyons with set scores of 25-16, 25-19, and 25-13. Norwich then fell 3-0 in a tough battle against Plymouth State with scores of 26-28, 21-25 and 21-25. The split results in a 6-3 overall record for the Cadets who will next face St. Joseph (Conn.) in the team's Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener at home on Saturday at noon for Norwich's Bicentennial celebration as part of Homecoming Weekend.
In the first match of the day, Norwich posted a .301 hitting percentage as a team while its defense held Mount Holyoke to a .107 success rate. Leading the attack for the Cadets was junior right side hitter Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass) who hit at a .421 clip and tied a career high with 18 kills. Following her lead were junior middle hitter Julia Schroeder (Victorville, Calif.) and senior outside hitter Michele Zummo (Highland, Mills, N.Y.) who each tallied nine kills while hitting over .300 percent. Senior middle blocker Marissa Perrotti (Moultonborough, N.H.) added five kills as well as a solo block and a block assist.
Freshman setter Sarah Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) guided the offense with the most assists in a match in her young career with 41. She also added a pair of block assists defensively.
In the nightcap against the host Panthers, the Cadets looked poised to top the #13 NEWVA ranked Panthers. Norwich and Plymouth State battled back and forth in the opening set which featured 20 ties and nine lead changes throughout the match. Norwich took several leads late in the match, but was unable to close out the set win.
Although the Cadets fell behind quickly in the second set, the team battled hard and tied the game midway through the set at 10-10. The Cadets were behind 21-19 late in the match before Plymouth capitalized on some of its opportunities to score to close out the match.
In the third set, the Cadets twice battled back from deficits of five and nine points, respectively. Showing determination late in the set, Norwich scored six-straight points to reduce the deficit, but was unable to complete the comeback.
In contrast to the first match, Norwich would hit at just a .096 clip offensively and was led by Kathryn Farnum who had 11 kills. She would add eight digs and a solo block to her line. Zummo also registered double-digit kills with 10, while sophomore middle hitter Addison Hall (Apple Valley, Calif.) added five kills and two block assists.
Sarah Farnum again directed the offense with 26 assists while also adding seven digs. Schroeder led the defensive effort with a season-high 14 digs while Dawson posted 13 digs.