Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's volleyball team picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday evening, defeating Johnson State College in straight sets, 25-11, 25-14, 25-23, in the North Atlantic Conference opener for both teams. The Hornets improve to 1-7 overall on the season, while the Badgers drop to 0-9.
Lyndon started fast in the opening set, scoring the first seven points of the contest. Junior Faith Richard (Acushnet, MA) recorded a kill annd a serv ice ace in the run, which was aided by four Johnson attack errors. A Hornet attack error got Johnson on the board, but the Hornets then ran off eight more points in a row totake command at 15-1. Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, VT) picked up a kill as the Hornets also continued to capitalize on Johnson errors. The Badgers staged a mini-rally to narrow the margin to 18-8, but the Hornets were able to close the set out, 25-11.
The Hornets again started fast in the second set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead on the strength of two kills from junior Samantha Theriault (West Ossipee, NH) and two service aces from Richard. A Lyndonville service error got Johnson on the board, bur senior Alexis Walker's (Groton, CT) kill made it 5-1, Hornets. Following several errors, an ace from Walker increased the Lyndon lead to 8-2. The Badgers narrowed the margin to 11-8, but three straight service aces form Theriault opened the margin back to six. Following a kill from Johnson's Elyssa Kornbrath (Manchester, CT) and an ace from Kayla Atkinson (North Wolcott, VT), a Richard kill and two aces from Zoe Pierce-Olhson put Lyndon in front, 17-10, causing Johnson to call timeout. Coming out of the timeout, a kill from junior Courtney Gagne (Plainfield, MA) and a Johnson error mad the score 19-10. Johnson then staged a small rally, but the Hornets closed out the 25-14 win with a kill from Walker.
The third set proved to be the most competitive of the night. It didn't start that way, however, as Lyndon again jumped out in front, 5-0, on the strength of three Richard aces and a Walker kill. The Hornets then methodically increased their advantage to 17-5, as Theriault and Pierce-Ohlson each recorded a pair of aces and Walker posted a kill during the run. Lyndon continued to extend the lead, and following a Richard ace and a Walker kill the Hornets found themselves with a 20-6 advantage and appeared to be coasting to victory. At that point, Johnson's Jenna Murawski (East Burke, VT) served up six straight Badger points, and the lead was cut to 20-12. A Badger service error broke the run, but Johnson ran off another four points in a row to make the score 21-16. A Campo kill and a bad Johnson set got the Hornets to 23. The Badgers responded by running off another six in a row, and when Murawski picked up a kill, Johnson had come all the way back to pull even at 23-23. A Badger attack error made it 24-23 Lyndon, and Theriault snuffed out any hopes that Johnson had of getting back into the match with her third kill of the match.
The Hornets return to play tomorrow night when they travel to Green Mountain College for a 7:00 pm match that is a reschedule from earlier this season. Johnson will host the Hornets, Husson University, and Maine Maritime Academy in a tri-match on Saturday.