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Hornets come up short in bid for NAC playoffs

Hornets come up short in bid for NAC playoffs

Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday afternoon, as the Hornets fell to Castleton University and Green Mountain College.  Lyndon played host to a North Atlantic Conference quad match in which the Hornets, Spartans, Eagles, and Johnson State College Badgers were competing for the final two spots in the NAC playoffs.

Castleton 3, Lyndon 0

The Spartans and Hornets squared off in the opening match of the day, with the winner assured of a playoff berth.  With the Spartans holding a 9-6 lead in the opening set, Kimberly Jackson (South Windsor, CT) recorded three aces in an 8-point run to put Castleton in control.  The Spartans cruised to a 25-9 win in the set.

Castleton carried the momentum into the second set, as they ran out to a 16-0 lead behind the play of Maria Jackson (Sweard, AK), who recorded six aces and two kills in the run.  The Hornets never got back in the set, and fell, 25-6.  Castleton remained in control in posting a 25-10 third set vicotry to clinch the match and a playoff spot.

Kimberly Jackson led Castleton with 11 kills and nine digs.  Maria Jackson added five kills and 17 aces.  Faith Richard (Acushnet, MA) led the Hornets with three kills and eight digs.

Castleton 3, Johnson 0

The second match of the day saw Castleton cruise to a 25-8 win in the opening set.  With the Spartans ahead 13-4 in set two, a Johnson player suffered an injury, and the Badgers, who only dressed six players, were unable to finish the match.  As a result, Castleton was awarded the victory by forfeit.

Green Mountain 3, Castleton 0

The final spot came down to the day's third match between Lyndon and Green Mountain.  The visiting Eagles jumped out to a 9-1 lead right away, as Caroline Gay (West Palm Beach, FL) notched four aces.  The Hornets never recovered, as Green Mountain went on to a 25-9 set win.

Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, VT) opened up the second set with a kill, and Richard followed with five consecutive aces as the Hornets jumped out to a 6-0 lead.  With Lyndon leading 11-6, Green Mountain was able to turn the set around by running off the next 12 points behind the service of Keegan Blom-Hill (Hagerstown, MD).  The Eagles maintained a comfortable cushion the remainder of the set and went on to a 25-13 win.

Lyndon was able to take the early lead again in set three behind a pair of kills from Paige Quesnel (Vergennes, VT) and Madeline DeGroot (Canton, ME) and an ace from Richard.  The advantage would be short lived, however.  With Lyndon leading 7-6, Green Mountain went on a 7-0 run, highlighted by back to back kills from Estela Felix Almeida (South Gate, CA).  Lyndon would never get back in it from there, as the Eagles closed out the match and locked up the final playoff berth with a 25-11 win.

Almedia recorded eight kills and Gay was credited with 17 aces to lead Green Mountain.  Richard posted three kills and three digs for Lyndon.

Green Mountain 3, Johnson 0

The final scheduled match never took place.  Green Mountain was awarded the forfeit win, as the earlier Johnson injury left the Badgers unable to field a complete team.

The Hornets close out the 2017 season with a 2-17 overall record and a 1-6 mark in NAC play.  The entire Lyndon roster has eligibility remaining and is expected back next season.  Castleton improved to 7-14, 3-4 in conference, while Green Mountian is now 5-14, 2-5, and Johnson closes out their season at 0-20, 0-7.