STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (13-12, 5-4 GNAC) blanked Norwich University (9-12, 1-7 GNAC), 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-23) in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's volleyball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday evening.
After winning the first two sets, the Monks looked to put the Cadets away quickly in the third frame and held a 22-16 cushion before the visitors mounted a 7-2 run, which resulted in a 24-23 SJC lead. Following a timeout, Saint Joseph's received the serve and sophomore Kelsey Bickford (Somersworth, N.H.) put the match away with her game-high 13th kill of the night.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Bickford produced 13 kills on 43 attempts with five digs
- Senior Jordynne Copp (Cumberland, Maine) added seven kills on 22 attempts with a pair of aces and four digs
- Freshman Sophia Randall (Epping, N.H.) chipped in with six kills, a pair of aces, and six digs
- Freshman Erin Olson (Stoughton, Mass.) contributed five kills and four block solos
- Junior Sarah Dyer (Seabrook, N.H.) tallied 31 assists and six digs
- Junior Jennelle Thompson (Farmington, N.H.) added 10 digs
LEADERS – NORWICH:
- Freshman Kathryn Farnum (North Andover, Mass.) netted eight kills with a .368 attack rate, six assists, and 10 digs
- Sophomores Monika Schneider (Brookline, N.H.) and Marissa Perrotti (Moultonborough, N.H.) notched six kills apiece
- Sophomore Michele Zummo (Highland Mills, N.Y.) tallied six kills and eight digs
- Junior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) posted 24 assists and eight digs
Saint Joseph's held the lead in kills (34-32), assists (34-32), aces (6-4), and blocks (4-0) while Norwich recorded a 49-46 advantage in digs.
With the win, Saint Joseph's improves to 5-8 in the history of the series with Norwich University and has now defeated the Cadets in three-consecutive meetings.
Saint Joseph's will host a tri-match Saturday facing Suffolk University at 1:00 PM and Framingham State University at 5:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 430-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.