Hornets Drop a Pair in Season Opening Tri-Match

Hornets Drop a Pair in Season Opening Tri-Match
Northfield, VT - The Lyndon State College women's volleyball team opened its 2017-2018 season with a non-conference tri-match at Norwich University against Fisher College and host Norwich.  Unfortunately for the Hornets they come up on the short end in both matchups, falling 3-0 in each.  Norwich defeated Fisher, 3-2, in the day's other match, and evened its record at 3-3.  With a split, Fisher now stands at 3-2 on the season.
 
Fisher 3, Lyndon State 0
 
Fisher started fast in the first set, jumping out to a 5-0 lead ignited by a pair of aces by Natie Manalo.  Junior outside hitter Faith Richard (Acushnet, MA) got the Hornets on the board with a kill, and Fisher committed an attack error as the Hornets cut the deficit to 5-2.  The Falcons then ran off eight of the next nine points to open up a 13-3 lead, as Madison Murphy capped the run with three consecutive service aces.  After the teams alternated the next four points, Fisher ran off ten straight to close out the first set, 25-5.
 
The Falcons again jumped on the Hornets to open the second set.  A service ace by Govanna Rosado and two Lyndon errors gave Fisher a quick 3-0 advantage.  The Hornets narrowed the gap to 3-2 on a Fisher attack error and a Richard ace, but Fisher responded with four straight points, highlighted by two kills by Cynthia Huerta.  After trading points Fisher then took control of the set by running off eight straight points to open up a 17-4 advantage.  The Falcons coasted from there and closed out the set, 25-8.
 
Lyndon got off to a better start in the third set, as a pair of Fisher attack errors gave the Hornets a quick 2-0 advantage.  Kills from Manalo and Huerta sandwiched a par of Manalo aces to put Fisher back in front, 4-2.  Following a Fisher attack error the Falcons then ran off 15 of the next 17 points to take a commanding 19-5 advantage.  Huerta served up six straight aces to cap the run.  Junior Samantha Theriault (West Ossipee, NH) stopped the bleeding with a kill off of a set by Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, VT).  Fisher remained in control the rest of the way and closed out the set and the match, 25-7.
 
Huerta recorded 13 kills, seven aces, and eight digs to pace the Falcons.  Manalo added five kills, while Lia Ames recorded nine digs.  Richard recorded a kill, an ace, and four digs for the Hornets.  Fisher held a dominant 26-2 advantage in kills and the Hornets contributed to their own demise by committing 27 reception errors.
 
Norwich 3, Lyndon State 0
 
Richard got the Hornets off to a good start with a pari of aces, before Julia Schroeder got Norwich on the board with a kill.  After Norwich capitalized on three consecutive Lyndon errors to move ahead, 5-3, junior Courtney Gage (Plainfield, MA) picked up a kill on an assist from Theriault to pull Lyndon within one.  Norwich then ran off eight of the next nine points to take control, 13-5.  The Cadets coasted from there, pulling away for a 25-8 victory.
 
The Hornets didn't fare any better in the second set.  With Norwich leading 4-2, the Cadets' Marissa Perotti served up 14 straight Norwich points, including eight service aces, to put the hosts ahead, 18-2.  Norwich went on to take the set, 25-6.
 
Lyndon opened the third set with their best stretch of play of the day.  Richard opened the set with an ace.  Then following a Lyndon service error, the Hornets ran off four straight points, highlighted by kills from Richard, Alexis Walker (Groton, CT), and Campo, and found themselves with a 5-1 lead.  Norwich responded with five straight points, including three aces from Michele Zummo, to capture the lead at 6-5.  After Lyndon evened the score at 6-6, Perotti served up 13 straight points, including seven aces, and the Cadets were back in command.  Norwich ended up closing out the set, and the match, 25-9.
 
Schroeder paced the Cadets with seven kills and four service aces.  Perotti tallied 16 service aces, while Emily Oliver recorded 13 assists.  Richard was again Lyndon's top performer with a kill, three aces, and for digs.  The Hornets were again their own worst enemies, as they committed 39 reception errors, compared to only four by the Cadets.
 
Lyndon returns to action next Saturday, when they host Bay Path University and Paul Smith's College in a quad-match in George W. Standard Gymnasium.  Play will begin at 10:00 am.