NORTHFIELD, Vt. –The University of Saint Joseph volleyball team defeated the Norwich University Cadets in straight sets, 3-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match on Monday night inside Andrews Hall. With the victory the Blue Jays even their record at 9-9 overall on the season and 3-3 in conference play, while Norwich falls to 4-10 and 1-4 in the GNAC.
The Blue Jays dominated, handing the Cadets the loss via set scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-14. The Cadets entered play on Monday having won the first eight matches of the all-time series, but the Blue Jays have won the last three matches and the last two of those by 3-0 match scores.
The Cadets were led by four kills from freshman Michele Zummo (Highland Mills, N.Y.) and sophomore Emily Jordan (Dalton, Mass.). Junior Katie Crane (Avon, N.Y.) and sophomore Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) handed out six assists apiece while freshman Brianna Dawson (Katonah, N.Y.) was responsible for nine of her team's 41 total digs.
Norwich fell into an early hole, committing 10 attacking errors and posting four service errors to gift the Blue and Gold an easy 14 points. The Cadets were able to make a brief run, knotting the score at nine, but the Blue Jays yielded only five more points to Norwich throughout the rest of the set to take the opener, 25-14.
The Blue Jays opened up a 10-4 lead in the second set despite the Cadets opening up an early 3-0 lead. Saint Joseph would eventually go on to score the final seven points of the second stanza, sending Norwich into a 2-0 hole in the match.
Once again, the Blue Jays offense flexed its muscle in the third set and opened up a dominant 14-4 score before Norwich attempted to mount a comeback. The home team would elevate its score to 14, but by then, a kill by junior middle blocker Hannah Lemek (Bristol, CT) at match point ended any chance of a comeback by the Cadets.
Freshman Shytasia Williams (Middletown, CT) and Lemek tied for the team lead with seven kills. Sophomore setter Brenna Miller (McCleary, WA) handed out 25 assists and picked up a double-double with 10 digs. Freshman libero Demetria Eiger (Phoenix, AZ) also filled the stat sheet with 10 digs of her own.
The USJ volleyball team will return to action next on Thursday, Oct. 13 when they travel to MCLA for a midweek non-conference tilt. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.