NORWICH – Opening the season with one of the toughest opponents on the schedule, the Purple Tornado Volleyball team took on the Windsor Black Knights Tuesday at home.
In front of a packed gym, Norwich held their own against the Black Knights, taking one of four games but fell by a final of 3-1.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” said Tornado head coach Shelly Alger. “I’m extremely happy with the way we played against Windsor. They are always a tough team to play against and we made some big improvements from our tournament over the weekend. I am really proud of this group of girls right now.”
Norwich opened up the first game, keeping the Black Knights close but fell by four points in the 25-21 final. The Purple Tornado then came out in game two firing as they took a quick lead over Windsor in the set.
As the two teams went back and forth, Norwich pulled away at the end to take the game 25-21.
In game three, both teams went on small runs with Windsor starting to run away with it as they inched closer to the 25 points needed. At 17-11, Alger called a timeout to regroup her girls and it paid off as Norwich made a run to come back.
With the scoring hanging at 21-24, the Tornado put together two more points before the Black Knights closed out the set at 25-23.
In the fourth set, Windsor cruised to 25-13 win to take the best-of-five match, three games to one.
Alger stated the team struggled with hitting their serves during the match, going 68-85 throughout the four games. “We, as a team, strive to reach 92-percent on serves. [Tuesday], we missed several in the first and third games and if we hit them inbounds, we could have very well been on the winning side of the match.”..