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Hornets fall in NAC semifinal

Hornets fall in NAC semifinal

NEW LONDON, N.H. - Colby-Sawyer (26-8) increased its win streak to 10 matches with a 3-0 victory over Lyndon (7-13) in the semifinals of the North Atlantic Conference playoffs. The Chargers won the match by set scores of 25-5, 25-8 and 25-8.

The Chargers raced out to a 7-1 lead to begin the first set, which was capped by a Kelsey Sullivan ace, to force a timeout by the Hornets. A kill by Lyndon's Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.) stopped the run, but the Hornets gave the ball back to the Chargers with a service error. Colby-Sawyer senior Sarah Hannon then served the next nine points to give Colby-Sawyer a 17-2 lead. The Chargers hit .476 in the set and took a 1-0 lead with a 25-5 victory.


Colby-Sawyer opened the second set on a 13-2 run before the two teams traded the next six points to make it 16-5. Sophomore Gabrielle Rodriquez gave Colby-Sawyer the 25-8 win with her second kill of the set.


The Chargers did not slow down in the third set and took a 13-1 lead thanks to strong serving by Sullivan. NAC Player of the Year, Jackie Keating ended the match with an ace for a 25-8 win in the third set.


The Chargers were led by seniors Keating and Stephanie Vecchio. Vecchio had eight kills on .500 hitting, while Keating hit .353 with eight kills. NAC Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year Lexi Strong had a match-high 10 digs. Junior Sullivan added three kills, three aces and five total blocks.


Sophomore Kelleigh Murtagh (Merrimack, N.H.) led the Hornets with three kills. Senior Ashley Barski (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) collected a team best eight digs.