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Hornet volleyball falls to NVU-Johnson and Castleton in all-Vermont tri-match

Hornet volleyball falls to NVU-Johnson and Castleton in all-Vermont tri-match

Lyndonville, VT - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon hosted an all-Vermont State College tri-match on Sunday.  The Hornets, NVU-Johnson, and Castleton University each competed against the other two teams.  Johnson bested both Lyndon and Castleton by 3-0 margins, while the Spartans downed the Hornets 3-1.  Johnson improved to 8-6 on the season, while Castleton is now 2-10.  The Hornets remain winless in 14 starts.

NVU-Johnson 3, NVU-Lyndon 0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-11)

Johnson was led by the attacking play of Nikola Knapova and Brooke Scheier, who recorded 12 and ten kills respectively.  Kimberly Reville tallied seven digs and seven assists, while Knapova posted a team best eight assists.  Lyndon was led by Megan Campo's (Essex Junction, VT) three kills.  Faith Richard (Acushnet, MA) and Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, NH) recorded eight and seven digs respectively, while Lexie Walker (Groton, CT) was credited with six assists.

NVU-Johnson 3, Castleton 0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-19)

All three sets followed a similar pattern, with Johnson pulling away late to earn the wins.  Knapova again led the way for the Badgers with 16 kills and 16 digs.  Setter Julie Van Etten had a tremendous match, posting 42 assists on Johnson's 49 kills.  Scheier chipped in with 12 kills and 14 digs.  Shannon Manchester and Madison Hamelink led Castleton with seven and six kills respectively.  Brianna Hake had 11 assists and Meghan Zawatsky recorded 12 digs.

Castleton 3, NVU-Lyndon 1 (25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 25-16)

After dropping the first two sets in very close fashion, the Hornets rallied to win the third set, their first set win this season.  It wasn't enough, however, as Castleton was able to take the foruth set to close out the match.  Manchester had a big match for the Spartans with 16 kills.  Hake posted 19 assists and 13 digs.  Richard had perhaps her best match of the season with 12 kills, 17 digs, and eight assists to lead Lyndon.  Setter Walker posted 13 assists and ten digs.  Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, VT) and Emily Clancy (Durham, CT) also posted ten digs.

The Hornets are off for almost two weeks.  They will open North Atlantic Conference play by hosting a quad match on Saturday, October 13th.  Lyndon will play Maine Maritime Academy at 10:00 am that morning, and follow with a match against Husson University at 4:00 pm that afternoon.  In between, Johnson will also face the Eagles and Mariners.