NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Keene State College volleyball team won 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-23) for the fourth straight match, this time taking care of Norwich University on Wednesday evening at Andrews Hall.
- Keene State: 8-3
- Norwich: 2-4
How It Happened
Keene State spread the wealth, getting a kill from eight different people in the first meeting with Norwich since 2006. Olivia Mathieu had eight and added 15 digs. Riley Bunker contributed 16 digs and a pair of aces, while Bailey Wilson had 23 assists, nine digs, three kills and hit a match-best .375. The Cadets got 13 kills from Michele Zummo and 21 digs from Brianna Dawson.
The Owls needed several comebacks to knock off Norwich in the first set. The Cadets got a pair of kills from Zummo en route to a 4-1 lead. KSC scored five straight to go up 6-4, but the hosts then scored three straight points on three different occasions to go up 13-10. A pair of aces from Bunker tied the match, and Keene State tacked on three more to go up by that amount (16-13). Norwich continued to answer, as they quickly tied the set at 17, later went up 24-21 and had a chance to take the set. However, the Owls snatched the set just as fast, scoring the final five points. Kills from Niamh Dodd and Mathieu put KSC up 25-24, and a Norwich attack error put the Owls up 1-0 in the match.
The second set was vastly different, as the Owls led from start to finish. Kills from Dodd and Megan Palmer highlighted a 5-0 run to kick things off, and the Owls only extended it from there, going up 13-4 on another kill from Dodd and a service ace by Jennifer Severino. The lead went into double-digits for the first time (19-9) after Mathieu's kill and KSC cruised from there, ending the set after Wilson set up Palmer.
Keene State was in front throughout what proved to be the final set as well, but had to weather a big Norwich surge to end the match. The set was close in the early going, but KSC slowly established themselves, getting a kill from Emilyann Ashford to go up 11-7. The Owls extended the lead further and appeared to have control of the set, scoring seven of nine points to go up 20-12, but the Cadets went on an 8-1 run to draw within one (22-21). Zummo had three kills during the span. Norwich evened the set two different times, the last at 23-23, but the Owls got a kill from Elizabeth Johnson, and a Norwich attack error finished the straight set win.
- Keene State hit .146 in the match and Norwich .103. The Cadets actually had more kills (32-29), but were undone by 14 service errors.
- It was the first ever meeting in Vermont between the two programs and the home opener for Norwich this season. Keene State won the previous matchup at Spaulding Gym and leads the all-time series 2-0.
- Wilson now has 1235 career assists, needing just 66 to pass Brooke Bell '15 for eighth on the all-time list.
- Keene State begins conference play with a tri-match on Saturday, September 15. The Owls will take on LEC opponent Eastern Connecticut State University at 12:00 pm before taking on Husson University at 4:00 pm.
- Norwich will take on 5th-ranked Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) in GNAC action on Friday, September 14 at 5:00 pm.