Johnson, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon volleyball team traveled to its sister campus, NVU-Johnson, on Monday night for the fourth of six scheduled matches between the two schools this season. Unfortunately for the Hornets, this one went much like the first three, as the Badgers came away with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-10) victory. Lyndon remains winless in 12 starts this season, while Johnson evens its record at 6-6. With the win, the Badgers also clinch the season series between the two schools and earn a point in the NVU President's Cup Challenge.
Johnson jumped out to an early lead in the opening set behind a Nikola Knapova kill and three straight aces from Emily Marshall. Emily Clancy's (Durham, CT) kill got the Hornets on the board, but Johnson scored the next three points to go up 7-1. The Badgers pulled away from there to take the set.
Set two was a more closely contested affair. Clancy's kill put the Hornets ahead 4-3, and the teams went back and forth early. With Lyndon leading 8-7, the Hornets capitalized on four straight Johnson errors, then a kill from Faith Richard (Acushnet, MA) gave the Hornets a 13-7 lead. With the set tied at 16, Knapova's kill gave the Badgers the lead. Julie Van Etten then recorded four straight aces to put Johnson ahead 21-16 and the Badgers were able to hold off the Hornets the rest of the set.
Johnson jumped out to a 9-0 advantage to start the third set and cruised to the straight set victory.
Knapova led Johnson with 14 kills and nine digs while Van Etten recorded 21 service aces. Clancy and Lexie Walker (Groton, CT) each had a pair of kills for the Hornets while Richard and Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) each posted four digs.
The Hornets and Badgers will turn around and play again on Sunday at Lyndon as a part of a non-conference tri-match also involving Castleton University. Play begins at 10:00 am.