BOSTON, MA- The Northern Vermont University-Johnson women's volleyball team captured a 3-2 non-conference win over Salem State at the Wentworth Institute of Technology Tri-Match on Saturday.
Freshman Porsche Johnson compiled a career high 18 kills, and 17 digs. Lauren Havill had 15 kills and nine digs for Northern Vermont-Johnson. Nikola Knapova posted 10 kills and 13 digs. Ashley Emery had seven kills and a match-high 16 digs. Mason Lores chipped in with 49 assists.
In the first set of action it was neck and neck with Salem leading early. The Badgers mad a push of their own to even the deficit at 18-18. Back to back Salem attack errors gave the Badgers the advantage. The Badgers eventually took set one by a score of 30-28 after a kill from Johnson and service ace from Havill.
Salem State rebounded in the second set winning with a 25-23 victory. Tied at 18-all in the third set, Salem State scored three straight points off the serve from Michel Le, before kills by Reed, Genevieve Kempster and an attack error by Northern Vermont-Johnson gave Salem State a 25-20 win.
The Badgers cruised to a 25-8 win in set four and held off a late rally by Salem State in set five. Trailing 14-10, the Vikings benefitted from three straight errors to pull within a point, but a crucial service error by Salem State and a consistent defense gave the Badgers the two-point win.
With the win the Badgers improve to 9-7 overall.