Bennington, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon volleyball team came up on the short end of a pair of matches against Northern Vermont University-Johnson on day two of the 2018 Vermont Volleyball Classic, hosted by Southern Vermont College. The Badgers swept both matches 3-0 to move to 2-3 on the season. The Hornets fall to 0-6. The contests were also a part of the NVU President's Cup Challenge, the newly instituted annual competition between the two campuses.
NVU-Johnson 3, NVU-Lyndon 0 (25-18, 25-8, 25-16)
The Badgers broke a 17-17 tie by closing the set on an 8-1 run, keyed by three straight service aces from Brooke Scheier and a pair of kills from Emily Marshall. In the second set, with Lyndon leading 7-6, Johnson's Nikola Knapova served 12 straight points, including eight aces, and the Badgers pulled away. Johnson then maintained a comfortable lead throughout the third set to close out the match.
Knapova played a strong all-around match to lead the Badgers, as she recorded ten kills, eight service aces, and eight digs to lead both teams in all three categories. Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) and Emily Clancy (Durham, CT) posted eight and five digs respectively to pace the Hornets. Johnson was able to take advantage of 26 Lyndon receiving errors while only committing nine receiving errors themselves.
NVU-Johnson 3, NVU-Lyndon 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19)
The Hornets and Badgers squared off again in the Classic consolation match. With the first set tied at 1-1, Johnson was able to run off five straight points, featuring two Knapova kills, to open up daylight. Lyndon was never able to get closer than within four, as Johnson cruised to the set win. The two teams battled on even terms for the early portion of the second set. A Faith Richard (Acushnet, MA) kill put the Hornets in front, 16-14, but Johnson was able to respond with an 8-1 run to go up 22-17. Knapova keyed the rally with three kills and Hanna Buedinger added a pair of service aces. From there the Badgers were able to hold off the Hornets and close the set.
The Badgers were able to jump out to an early lead in the third setnd maintain it throughout most of it. With Johnson leading 22-14, Lyndon was able to stage a mini-rally, keyed by a Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, VT) kill and four Badger attack errors, to pull within 22-19. Following a Johnson timeout the Hornets committed a service error, however, and back to back kills from Scheier and Marshall closed out the match.
The Hornets will return to action next Saturday when they travel to Castleton University for a quad-match. Lyndon will face Bay Path University at noon and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at 2:00 pm.