Women’s Volleyball Tops Norwich 3-1 as The Vermont Volleyball Classic Finishes Inconclusively

dahlia tirado-rodriguez serves the ball

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The first-ever playing of The Vermont Volleyball Classic did not provide a champion on Monday as the tournament was cut short midway through the final match due to hot and humid floor conditions.

Southern Vermont College and Norwich University were facing off in the title contest at the Mountaineer Athletic Center with SVC leading the match 1-0 while finding itself down 20-16 in the second set. The coaches and officials conferred and decided to suspend the match at that point. It has not yet been decided if the two sides will meet up later in the year—and if Monday afternoon's match will be resumed or restarted if they are to do so.

The day started with Northern Vermont University-Johnson defeating Northern Vermont University-Lyndon by a 3-0 margin before SVC downed Norwich 3-1—both of those matches being in the round robin portion of the Classic. NVU-Johnson then swept the Hornets again in the consolation match.

Southern Vermont (3-0) is back at home for its next match as the Mountaineers host SUNY Cobleskill on Thursday for a 7 p.m. start.

Norwich (2-1) jumps into Great Northeast Athletic Conference action next week with a tri at Albertus Magnus College—first taking on Emmanuel College at 1 p.m. before playing the hosting Falcons at 3 p.m.

NVU-Lyndon (0-6) next plays on Saturday with a quad at Castleton University; the Hornets face off with Bay Path University at 12 p.m. and Mass. College of Liberal Arts at 2 p.m.

NVU-Johnson (2-3) lines up with SVC once again for its next match—that being a 2 p.m. first serve as part of a tri at Green Mountain College on Saturday.

The Badgers won their first of six regular season matches against the Hornets this year with set scores of 25-18, 25-8, and 25-16.

NVU-Johnson's Nikola Knapova notched a match-best 10 kills while tying the match-high of eight digs; she also had eight service aces in the contest. Brooke Scheier tallied seven kills, five aces, and four digs in the win for the Badgers as Julie Van Etten assisted on 23 of her team's 29 kills.

Hornet senior Meghan Campo (Essex Junction, Vt.) led her team with five kills as classmate Alexis Britch (Essex Junction, Vt.) posted a team-leading eight digs.

The Mountaineers had to work hard for their first win over the Cadets since 2013. SVC took the opening game by a 25-21 margin before NU tied the match with a 25-23 victory in the second. Southern Vermont won the next frame at 25-20, and the Mountaineers were able to close it out in the fourth by defeating Norwich 25-22.

SVC senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) notched her first double-double of the year—posting 15 kills and 16 digs in addition to four assists and a pair of block assists. Freshman Logan Wheeler (Red Bluff, Calif.) chalked up a match-best 16 kills as senior libero Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) had a match-high 17 digs in the win. Junior Sarah Baty (Portola, Calif.) popped up 24 assists and seven digs while adding three aces and a pair of kills to her line.

The Cadets carried a balanced offense with five players having at least six kills. Both sophomore Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) and junior Michele Zummo (Highland Mills, N.Y.) had eight kills and eight digs as sophomore Julia Schroeder (Victorville, Calif.) and senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) posted six kills apiece in addition to 13 and 10 digs, respectively. Oliver also tallied 27 assists—her 23rd of the day giving the Cadet 1,000 for her collegiate career.

NVU-Johnson 3 – NVU-Lyndon 0
In a rematch from the morning, the Badgers defeated their conference rival with game scores of 25-17, 25-19, and 25-19.

Knapova put up a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs for the Badgers, and she added four aces in the win. Scheier notched a match-high 13 kills, and she also landed four service aces in addition to having seven digs. Van Etten ended her trip to Bennington with 26 assists and four digs.

Hornet senior Faith Richard (Acushnet, Mass.) posted five digs, three kills, and two service aces in the effort while Britch and senior Lexie Walker (Groton, Conn.) each had six digs on the defensive end.