LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College women's volleyball team celebrated Senior Day Saturday afternoon, splitting their two matches at the Stannard Gymnasium. Before the match, head coach Sean Fisher recognized his three seniors, Abbie Greene, Kelleigh Murtagh, and Gwyneth Stahl, who have made an enormous impact on the volleyball program, and the community, over the last four years.
Lyndon vs. UMPI
Four of the Hornets collected double-doubles against the Owls. Kelleigh Murtagh (Merrimack, N.H) had 16 kills and digs. Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.) had a season high of 35 assists along with 23 digs and 7 service aces. Abbey Greene (Exeter, R.I.) chipped in 13 kills and digs along with Lauren McDonough's (Glastonbury, Conn.) 12 kills and 15 digs.
The Owls were led by Abby Jewett (Bass Harbor, Maine) with 20 kills and 18 digs. Laura Aroz (Tuscon, Ariz.) added 21 assists to Esmeralda Galvan's (Bullhead City, Ariz.) 25 digs.
Set 1: Hornets started on a 7-0 run on the back of Gwyneth Stahl. The Owls were able to rally back and tie it up at 20-20. From there on out both teams battled it out back and forth. It would be the Hornets who would prevail and take the 26-24 victory in set one off of a kill by Faith Richard (Acushnet, Mass.).
Set 2: Off of a pair of errors from the Hornets, the Owls took the lead; however, with four straight points from the Hornets, the Owls were unable to catch back up, with the Hornets taking the second set 25-21.
Set 3: Both teams swapped leads multiple times throughout the third set until the Owls pulled ahead in the final points collecting a 25-22 win pushing the game to four sets.
Set 4: Back and forth rallies, staying neck and neck, but it was the Hornets who pulled it together and gained the 26-24 win, closing out the match 3-1.
Lyndon vs. Husson
Lyndon had four players finish with double-doubles in the final match of the afternoon: Stahl finished with 25 assists and 19 digs; Greene recorded a match-high 16 kills and 13 digs; McDonough registered 10 kills and 13 digs; and Murtagh finished with 10 kills and 12 digs.
Husson had three players notch double-doubles: Hembrow tallied 28 assists, 10 digs, and six kills, Woods recorded 10 kills and 17 digs, and Riley Mooers (Mount Desert, Maine) finished with 12 kills, 10 digs, and four aces.
Set 1: Errors prevented the Hornets from making much of the first set as the Eagles cruised to a 25-13 win.
Set 2: Lyndon seemed to be more focused in the second set as they made things harder for Husson but they still found themselves down 20-13. However, they used three straight points to get within two at 22-24. A kill by Mooers thwarted the Hornets, taking the set 25-22.
Set 3: The Hornets carried the momentum into the third set starting off with a 6-0 lead before building a 14-3 advantage, forcing an Eagle timeout. The Hornets refused to let the visitors back into the set, taking it convincingly 25-10.
Set 4: Lyndon kept things going in the fourth, stretching out a 10-4 lead early. Errors allowed Husson back into it as they closed the gap to 10-9. Lyndon was able to put points on the board in clusters, taking the set 25-20.
Set 5: The Hornets grabbed the first point in the deciding set but the Eagles answered with seven straight for the 7-1 lead. The Hornets cut the deficit in half for a 7-4 score but then the teams traded points a few times before a three-point burst from the hosts brought the score to 11-10 in favor of Husson. A timeout from Husson allowed them to gather themselves as they scored four straight, ending on a kill from Woods, 15-10.
Lyndon (8-9, 2-3 NAC) heads to Green Mountain College Saturday afternoon for a tri-match with Castleton University.