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Hornets top Norwich, fall to MCLA

Hornets top Norwich, fall to MCLA

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – In Saturday's tri-match at Norwich University, the Lyndon State College women's volleyball team dropped its first match, 3-2, to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) before winning a thriller 3-2 over host Norwich.  The win marks just the second win in program history over Norwich.

MCLA

The first match of the day was a battle from start to finish.  The Trailblazers took the first set 25-22.  However, the Hornets answered by winning the next two sets 25-21 and 25-20 to take a 2-1 lead.  The Trailblazers held off the Hornets in the fourth set 25-22 to force a fifth set.  Down 6-3, MCLA used a five-point run to take the lead, eventually taking the set 15-10 to win the match.

Abbey Greene (Exeter, R.I.) and Lauren McDonough (Glastonbury, Conn.) led the way for the Hornets with Greene striking 15 kills, one ace, and 16 digs while McDonough recorded 11 kills, a game-high four aces, and 21 digs.  Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.) registered game-highs in assists (29) and digs (23) while adding six kills and three assists.

Sam Anderson and Maggie Allen led the Trailblazer attack with 10 kills each.  Samantha DeCarlo posted a team-high 19 digs.

Norwich

After just a short rest, the Hornets hit the court with the Cadets, grabbing an early lead at 15-10.  The Cadets battled back into the set with five straight points and eventually won 25-23. 

The Hornets came out stronger in the second set and build a lead up to 20-5 before winning the set 25-16 and evening up the match.

The third set changed tunes as Norwich was able to capture the early lead and held on for the 25-23 win, taking a 2-1 advantage.

Heading into the fourth set the Hornets had a tough task ahead of them as they needed to take the next two sets.  Things looked good early as Lyndon grabbed a 13-7 lead but Norwich chipped away to knot it up at 20-20.  The Hornets then found themselves a point away from defeat at 24-22 but McDonough made a miraculous play on the ball for a kill, swinging the momentum for the Hornets.  Lyndon went on to score three straight points to send the match into the fifth set.

In the fifth set, the Hornets found themselves on the ropes again, down 9-4.  The Hornets dug deep to tie it up at 12-12, then took a 14-12 lead.  The Cadets answered with two points but sent the serve back over to the Hornets after an attack error.  With the 15-14 lead, Stahl finished off the comeback with an ace and the 3-2 victory.

Stahl again posted game-highs in assists (34) and digs (24).  Kelleigh Murtagh (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded a game-high 18 kills while adding four aces and 18 digs.  McDonough added nine kills, seven aces, and 22 digs.

Courtney Nau led the Cadets with 11 kills while Emily Oliver registered seven kills, 18 assists, and 17 digs.

The Hornets (2-3, 0-0 NAC) travel to NHTI Wednesday night for an exhibition match at 7:00 p.m.