Eagles Clipped in NAC Quarterfinals

Eagles Clipped in NAC Quarterfinals

NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Green Mountain women's volleyball team competing in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) quarterfinals for the first time since 2013 were handed 3-0 loss by Colby-Sawyer on Saturday afternoon. The Chargers won by scores of 25-3, 25-12 and 25-19. 

Green Mountain ends its season at 5-15, the program's best record since 2012. 

Colby-Sawyer sophomore Naarah Cox paced the Chargers with 11 kills on .429 hitting. Sophomore Morgan Flynn had a team-best 11 digs, while freshman Bre Sheehan added five digs. Sophomore setter Olivia Goodrich filled the stat sheet with 22 assists, nine digs, five aces and five kills on five attempts. Senior Alli Lahiff finished with seven kills and three assists. 

Green Mountain was led by freshman Estela Felix Almeida (South Gate, Calif.). She posted five kills, eight digs, and a block. Freshman Madison Wheeler (Lyndeborough, N.H.) contributed three kills and eight digs. Freshman Caroline Gay (West Palm Beach, Fla.) tallied six assists, nine digs and a pair of aces. 

The Chargers opened the match on a 13-0 run capped by a Cox kill. Colby-Sawyer continued with an efficient offensive attach to take the first set 25-3 behind .524 hitting. Cox had six kills in the frame. 

Colby-Sawyer raced out to an 11-2 run in the second set to force a Green Mountain timeout. The home team then took a 20-6 lead when an Almeida kill, a pair of Nancy Olmedo-Chavez (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) aces and a Colby-Sawyer error made the score 20-10. The Chargers then scored five of the next seven points to close the set 25-12. 

The third set featured three ties and a pair of lead changes. Colby-Sawyer took an early lead once again, but Green Mountain stormed back to tie the set at 11-11. The Eagles then received kills from Almeida and Kali Bushey (Rouses Point, N.Y.) to take a two-point lead. The visitors then held a four-point advantage at 16-12 after a Bushey ace. Colby-Sawyer rallied to tie the frame at 17-17 on a Lahiff kill and then closed the set and the match with an 8-2 run capped by another Lahiff kill.