KEENE, N.H. – The Norwich University volleyball team ran into a hot Keene State College squad on Tuesday evening which served the Cadets a 3-0 defeat in non-conference action at Spaulding Gymnasium.
The Cadets remain winless in their all-time series against the Owls having lost for the third consecutive time. Norwich's overall record fell to 13-9 with the loss and completed the team's non-conference portion of the schedule. The Cadets will initiate a four-game Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) road trip starting Saturday when they square off against Regis College and Emmanuel College in a tri-match at Emmanuel.
Norwich struggled mightily in the first two sets to find openings in the Owls' defense as the team hit 0.000 collectively and was blocked five times. That combined with the efficient Keene St. attack which succeeded at a .343 clip resulted in a quick 2-0 deficit with set scores of 25-10 and 25-13 in favor of the hosts.
The third set looked to be Norwich's for the taking as the team found success against the Owls' wall of blockers at the net. The Cadets led for the majority of the early going, including 8-6 after a kill from Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) and 11-10 after a Michele Zummo (Highland Mills, N.Y.) attack hit the floor. KSC's front line got busy after that as three consecutive blocks put the home team in front and a kill made it 16-13. Norwich bore down, as it went on a 5-1 run capped by a solo block from K. Farnum to reclaim the lead, 18-17. The Owls stormed right back to reclaim a three-point lead at 23-20, but the visitors tallied the next three in a row highlighted by a tandem block by Farnum and Rebecca Finley (Waynesville, Mo.) forcing the hosts into a timeout at 23-23. KSC emerged from the timeout with an organized attack and two consecutive kills ended the set and match.
Norwich was led by K. Farnum who registered a game-high 12 kills on a .122 attack percentage while adding 13 digs and three block assists. Zummo claimed 9 kills in support of the offense. Sarah Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) collected 24 assists directing the offense, while Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) highlighted her defensive prowess with a team-high 17 digs.