PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Norwich University women's volleyball team was defeated 3-0 by Plattsburgh State in non-conference action in Memorial Hall on Wednesday evening.
The loss was the third straight for the Cadets whose record dipped to 7-6 overall. They will look to Saturday's doubleheader match at Saint Joseph's (Maine) to return to their winning ways. Plattsburgh State improved to 7-11 overall with the win. The Cardinals return to action on Friday, Oct. 11 against Oswego State.
In the first set, it was a tight competition between the two teams, but Plattsburgh State utilized an eight-point run to stake themselves to an 18-10 advantage. Norwich valiantly rattled off four unanswered points to draw within six at 24-18, but was unable to hold serve handing the set to the hosts.
Norwich looked poised to take the second set at the midway point reeling off a 13-5 run to break open a 22-14 advantage. However, Plattsburgh rallied back with eight-straight points to tie the score at 22-22. Norwich used a timeout to regroup, but the Cardinals used the swing in momentum to their advantage and ran the table to win the second set 25-22.
In the beginning of the third, the hosts took a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish the remainder of the set. An eight-point surge gave Plattsburgh State an 11-4 advantage. Norwich was unable to string together any significant runs and fell quickly in the final set 25-13.
Plattsburgh State finished with a 7-6 edge in blocks, a 14-3 advantage in service aces and a 52-43 edge in digs. The Cadets wound up hitting .118 for the match, which included an 11-kill second set, their best of the match.
For Norwich, junior right side Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) led the Cadets with 13 kills, three digs and two block assists. Freshman setter Sarah Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) had a strong performance with 25 assists, while senior defensive specialist Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) and junior middle hitter Julia Schroeder (Victorville, Calif.) led the Cadets' defense with 12 and 10 digs, respectively.