Women’s Volleyball Swept 3-0 in Non-league Action at Norwich

kemly derby serves the ball

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Southern Vermont College fell 3-0 to Norwich University Wednesday night in non-conference women's volleyball play at Andrews Gymnasium.

The Cadets needed extra points to take the opening set by a 27-25 margin, and they would go on to win the next two at 25-19 and 25-14.

Next up for SVC (0-8) is a 3 p.m. Saturday contest at Brandeis University.

Mountaineer sophomore Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) recorded a team-leading seven kills—tying the match-best—while adding 10 digs and a pair of service aces. Bennington College freshman Kemly Derby (New York City, N.Y.) followed with six kills, nine digs, two aces, and two blocks for Southern Vermont, and junior Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) tied sophomore teammate Abigail Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) for the match-high of 11 digs. Benitez also had a pair of kills while Landon had another two and 11 assists on the night.

Norwich went up 6-2 in the opening set, but SVC was able to cut it down to a two-point deficit shortly after. The Mountaineers eventually tied it at 16-16 with a Derby ace—only to see NU score six of the next eight to go in front by four. Southern Vermont used a timeout to squash the momentum and came out of the stoppage with a 6-1 run to pull ahead with game point. Norwich took the next two, however, before giving one back, and the Cadets then landed back-to-back kills for the set victory.

The hosts staked a five-point lead to start the second, and they would extend the separation soon-after with six unanswered scores. Billow followed her own kill with an ace behind the line, but the Cadets continued to inch closer to 25. An 8-2 SVC surge—aided by five-straight points—helped the visitors cut into Norwich's cushion, but NU used a timeout and resumed play with the kill needed to end the frame.

A Derby kill tied it at 3-3 in the onset of the third set, but a 10-2 run on the other side of the net gave the Cadets some breathing room. A 5-2 spurt by NU late in the game put the win in sight for Norwich, and back-to-back points then closed out the night.