Volleyball: Dawson's Historic Day Propels Norwich to Pair of GNAC Wins

Volleyball: Dawson's Historic Day Propels Norwich to Pair of GNAC Wins

STANDISH, Maine – The Norwich University women's volleyball team grabbed two Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) wins by sweeping Saint Joseph's College of Maine and Anna Maria College in straight sets in a tri-match held by Saint Joseph's. The two wins improved the Cadets record to 9-6 overall and 3-1 in GNAC play. They also put an end to a three-game losing streak.

In the process of defeating a pair of GNAC teams, the Cadets celebrated a tremendous personal achievement as senior defensive specialist Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) registered 24 digs cementing her into first place all-time in Norwich volleyball history with 962 digs, surpassing Molly Rice '11.  

Norwich 3 Saint Joseph's (Maine) 0

The Cadets earned the sweep with set scores of 25-18, 25-19, and 25-15.

A pair of aces from junior middle hitter Julia Schroeder (Victorville, Calif.) helped set up a 5-0 run early that put Norwich up 8-3. The Monks battled back to reduce the deficit to just one at 14-13 by the midway point of the match. A 6-1 run by the Cadets soon thereafter boosted the lead back to 20-14. Senior middle blocker Marissa Perrotti (Moutonborough, N.H.) registered a block and then ended the match with a kill in the next rally to secure the set win for the Cadets.

In the second set, Norwich jumped out to an early 5-0 on the strength of a pair of kills from senior outside hitter Michelle Zummo (Highland, Mills, N.Y.). After the Monks battled back to 6-4, the Cadets surged ahead with a 7-1 run to take a commanding 13-5 lead. Junior right side Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) racked up a trio of kills during the run. The visitors strung together a couple of other mini runs to increase their lead to 24-15 before the hosts battled back to 24-19 forcing Norwich into a timeout. The break iced the Monks server as she followed the timeout with a service error allowing the Cadets to take the second set.

An 11-3 run highlighted by three kills from Zummo had the Cadets off and running to open the third set. After the Monks narrowed the deficit to 13-9, Norwich regrouped after taking a timeout. The Cadets rattled off seven-straight points, including two kills from K. Farnum to essentially put the game out of reach at 20-9. The visitors cruised to a tidy 25-15 finish.

Norwich 3 Anna Maria 0

The Cadets posted their second-straight sweep of the day in the nightcap winning with set scores of 25-13, 25-11, and 25-13.

Norwich quickly jumped out to a 4-1 lead over the AMCATS to start the first set, but then got stuck in a rotation in which they struggled to sideout, giving up eight-straight points through a combination of serve receive and attack errors. A service error by Anna Maria forced a rotation spurring the Cadets onto their own 7-0 run which was capped by a pair of kills from sophomore middle hitter Addison Hall (Apple Valley, Calif.) restoring Norwich's lead, 11-9. The Cadets closed out the match on a 14-4 run to lock up the first set.

The second set was more of a back-and-forth affair early on with the Cadets holding an 11-7 advantage close to the midway point in the set. From that point forward, however, it was all Norwich as the team used another large 14-4 run to win the set. Perrotti recorded a kill to give the Cadets a 20-10 lead and then served out the game adding a pair of aces to her day's work.

The third set was similar to the second one with both teams trading points through the midway point. Ironically, the Cadets used their third 14-4 run of the day to wrap up set three and the match. Freshman outside hitter Maggie McNeil (Guilford, N.H.) posted four kills during the final run.

K. Farnum led the hitters with 20 kills while adding 14 digs. Zummo contributed 14 kills with McNeil supplementing the offense with 10 kills. Freshman setter Sarah Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) notched 64 assists on the day along with 12 digs.

Norwich will next play in a non-conference match at Andrews Hall on Wednesday at 6 p.m.