New London, NH - The Lyndon State College women's volleyball team traveled to Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday afternoon for matches against two of the North Atlantic Conference's top teams. Unfortunatley for the Hornets, they dropped 3-0 decisions to both the host Chargers and the New England College Pilgrims.
Colby-Sawyer 3, Lyndon 0
The opening match of the day came against the host and NAC leading Chargers. Colby-Sawyer dominated the first two sets, winning each by a 25-4 margin. Lyndon fared better at the start of the third set, jumping out to an early 5-1 lead on service by Paige Quesnel (Vergennes, VT). That advantage would prove to be short lived, however, as the Chargers quickly tied things at 5-5. Lyndon moved back in front on a kill by Madeline DeGroot (Canton, ME), but that would turn out to be the last lead of the day, as Colby-Sawyer pulled away to win the set, 25-12, and close out the match.
Courtney Murray (Quincy, MA) and Naarah Cox (Boston, MA) paced Colby-Sawyer with six kills each. Olivia Goodrich (Epping, NH) recorded 15 service aces. Quesnel recorded three digs for Lyndon. The victory kept Colby-Swyer on top of the NAC standings at 4-0 and raised their overall mark to 10-14. The Chargers host Johnson State College in the final contest of today's quad match.
New England College 3, Lyndon 0
The Hornets didn't fare any better against the Pilgrims, as NEC scored the first 12 points of the match on service from Angela Davis (Springfield, MA). The Pilgrims ran away from there and took the first set, 25-3. NEC maintained a comfortable advantage throughout the second set on the way to a 25-10 win. The Pilgrims then took a 5-0 lead on the way to closing things out with a 25-5 victory in the third and final set.
Davis had four kills and four service aces for NEC. Setter Kennedy Somavia (Red Bluff, CA) had a big match with 29 assists. Junior Faith Richard (Achshnet, MA) led the Hornets with three kills and two digs. With the win, NEC improved to 4-1 in the NAC (11-12 overall) and remained within one game of conference leading Colby-Sawyer. The Pilgrims return to the court on Tuesday, traveling to Rhode Island College for a non-conference matchup.
The Hornets wrapped up the day at 2-15 overall and 1-4 in NAC play. Lyndon hosts a NAC quad match next Saturday, playing Castleton University at 10:00 am and Green Mountain College at 2:00 pm. The Spartans and Eagles will also play Johnson State at noon and 4:00 pm respectively. Those four schools are battling for the final two berths in the NAC Volleyball Cahmpionship Tournament. Castleton and Lyndon currently hold a game advantage over Green Mountain and Johnson, with only next week's matches remaining.
Next Saturday will also mark Senior Day for the Hornets. Lyndon's lone senior, Alexis Walker (Groton, CT) will be honored before the contests.