Lyndonville, VT - Lyndon State College and the College of St. Joseph met in a rare volleyball doubleheader on Thursday evening. Unfortunately for the home team, the guest Fighting Saints took with both matches by a 3-0 margin. CSJ won the opener 25-17, 25-9, 25-8, then proceeded to capture the nightcap 25-13, 25-8, 25-7. With the sweep the Fighting Saints improved to 9-5 on the season, while the Hornets drop to 2-12.
The opening set of the first match was closely contested early on. Lyndon's Courtney Gagne (Plainfield, MA) recorded a kill, followed by a service ace, to pull the Hornets within one at 16-15. After the teams traded points, back to back kills from CSJ's Ryann Agnew (Chino Hills, CA) made it 19-16 Saints. After the Hornets cut it to two, Kali Drum (Windham, NY) served up six straight points to close out the set.
The Saints took control of the second set from the outset, jumping out to a 12-1 advantage keyed by a pair of impressive kills from Timell Montgomery (San Diego, CA). The Hornets never threatened as CSJ coasted to victory in the set.
CSJ again took command right from the start of the third set. Five consecutive aces from Jordan Mixon (Fontana, CA)put the visitors in front, 6-0. After the Hornets narrowed the gap to 6-3, the Saints ran off ten consecutive points, including three consecutive service aces from Agnew. CSJ cruised home from there, completing the match 1 sweep.
Montgomery had a huge match for the Saints, recording 16 kills. Agnew added nine kills and 12 digs, while Mixon recorded 19 assists. Gagne had two kills and six digs to pace the Hornets.
The nightcap proved to be more of the same. CSJ opened up a 12-1 advantage to start, as Agnew set the pace with two kills and three aces during the run. Lyndon never got closer than to within nine the rest of the set.
Set two saw CSJ steadily pull away. Montgomery recorded kills on four of the final five Saint points, as CSJ moved ahead, 2-0.
For the third and final set, Montgomery again led the way for the Saints. CSJ opened up a 13-3 lead to open the set, with Montgomery posting four kills. The teams then traded the next several points. With the score 17-7, Saints, Ashley Vasas (Waterbury, CT) served up seven consecutive points to close out the set and the match.
Montgomery and Agnew were again dominant at the net, recording 15 and 11 kills respectively. Mixon was credited with 21 assist, while Agnew added 12 digs. Faith Richard was Lyndon's top performer, as she recorded a pair of kills and four digs.
The Hornets return to action on Friday night when they travel to Castleton University for a 6:00 pm North Atlantic Conference matchup. CSJ will face Yankee Small College Conference opponents New Hampshire Technical Institute and Unity on Saturday.