Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's volleyball team fell to NVU-Johnson for the third time this season on Wednesday evening. The Badgers won in straight sets, 25-6, 25-12, 25-11, to improve to 3-5 on the season, while the Hornets fall to 0-9.
The Badgers took control early in the first set. with the score tied at 3-3, Johnson ran off 13 of the next 14 points to move in front 16-4. Brooke Scheier recorded four kills during the run to ignite Johnson. Lyndon's Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, NH) picked up a kill to stop the run, but following a Johnson attack error the Badgers ran off nine points in a row on Scheier's serve to take the set.
The Hornets took an early lead in the second set, thanks to a kill from Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT), sandwiched by a pair of Johnson errors. Back to back kills from Nikola Knapova pulled Johnson even, however, and after three straight Lyndon miscues an ace from Madison Tyson and another kill from Knapova put the Badgers up 8-3. The Hornets were able to pull within 11-10 following a kill from Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, VT) and a string of Johnson errors. Scheier delivered a kill and four straight service aces to put the Badgers back in control, and Johnson cruised to a two sets to none advantage.
The third set was closely contested early on. After three consecutive kills from Scheier, Lyndon's Samantha Theriault (West Ossipee, NH) picked up a kill, followed by an ace from Emily Clancy (Durham, CT) to make the score 5-4, Johnson. At that point the Badgers went on a 9-1 run to open up a 14-5 advantage and from there they never looked back.
Scheier and Knapova both had strong offensive games to lead Johnson, recording 13 and 10 kills respectively. Julie Van Etten delivered 24 assists for the Badgers, while Knapova posted a match best nine digs. Theriault and Dewitt recorded seven digs each to lead the Hornets. Clancy and Campo each scored a pair of kills while Lexie Walker (Groton, CT) had a team best three assists.
The Hornets return to action this Sunday when they travel to Green Mountain College for a tri-match. Lyndon will face St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn at noon before taking on the hosts at 2:00 pm.