Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon volleyball team celebrated Senior Night on Wednesday, honoring six senior players who were playing in their last home match. Unfortunately for the Hornets, the Green Mountain College Eagles spoiled the festivities and came away with a 25-17, 25-13, 20-25, 25-12 non-conference victory. Lyndon remains winless in 20 matches on the season while Green Mountain improves to 8-10 on the campaign.
With Lyndon holding an early 4-2 lead in the opening set Green Mountain scored 12 of the next 13 points to take control. The Eagles's Sandra Parra keyed the run by serving up seven straight points, including four aces. From there the Eagles cruised to the set win.
The second set was back and forth in the early going. With Green Mountain leading 15-12, the Eagles went on a six-point run featuring four aces from Thunder Williams to pull away.
Things turned around for the Hornets at the start of set number three. Following a Green Mountain error Samantha Theriault (West Ossipee, NH) served up four straight aces to stake Lyndon to a 5-0 lead. With the Hornets leading 10-5, a pair of Eagle errors, two aces from Emily Clancy (Durham, CT), and a Theriault kill extended the Hornet lead to 15-5. Green Mountain began to chip away, however, and cut the margin to 23-20 before an attack error and a Clancy ace closed out the set for the Hornets.
Green Mountain regained control in the fourth set, jumping out to a 9-2 advantage keyed by three straight service aces from Estela Felix Almeida. Lyndon never got any closer, as the Eagles closed out the set and the match.
Williams and Almeida led the Eagle attack with 13 and 11 kills respectively. Setter Bryanna Hopple recorded 30 assists. For the Hornets, Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, VT) led the way with five kills and nine digs. Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) added four kills while Lexie Walker (Groton, CT) recorded ten assists and six digs.
The Hornets close out the regular season with a North Atlantic Conference tri-match at SUNY Canton on Saturday. Lyndon will face the host Roos at 10:00 am and follow with a match against NVU-Johnson at noon. The Hornets need to sweep both matches and have several other NAC matches go their way to extend their season into the NAC playoffs.