Northfield, Vt. – The Albertus Magnus women's volleyball team split a tri-match at Norwich University in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Andrews Gymnasium. The Falcons fell to Rivier, 3-0, in the opener before topping the host Cadets, 3-0, in the finale. With the split, the Falcons move to 4-13 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
Rivier jumped out to an early led and scored a 25-9 in the first game of the game. In the following two sets, the Raiders held off a feisty AMC squad to earn the sweep.
In the nightcap, both teams struggled to find any attacking power in the contest that saw 44 attack errors, 17 service errors, 13 receiving errors and four block errors. Norwich started with a slight edge and the lead before giving up errors of their own midway through the first set before the Falcons took over and closed out the set with a 25-23 decision.
Norwich looked to equalize the game in the second set but the miscues continued to falter the Cadets' efforts as the Falcons jumped ahead for second point of the game, 25-18. Despite a poor hitting of just .082 percent in the game, Albertus Magnus managed to complete the sweep with a 25-17 victory in the third set as the Falcons picked up their first conference win of the year.
On the day, senior defensive specialist Ramona Onofrio (East Haven, Conn.) led the Falcons with a combined 34 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Marielis Muriel (New Haven, Conn.) added 29 of her own on the day. Sophomore Ana Gomez was a solid contributor on the defensive end as well, recording 18 digs and a team-high two blocks. Offensively, Gomez had 14 kills and freshman middle hitter Megan Gritz (Milford, Conn.) registered 11 kills.
Albertus Magnus returns to action on Thursday, October 22, with a non-conference home clash versus regional foe Elms. The contest with the Blazers is the final match of the fall inside The Nest for the Falcons.