CASTLETON, Vt. – Led by a 14-kill effort from Cassidy Tedeschi and a solid defensive effort by several players, Castleton University defeated SUNY Cobleskill, 3-1 (25-13, 25-17, 20-25, 25-20), Tuesday night in collegiate volleyball action at Glenbrook Gym.
Tedeschi led the Spartans with a .231 hitting percentage, plus collected seven digs and two service aces. Alex Madsen finished with 31 assists, while Kimberly Jackson led the way once again at the service line with six aces. She also earned 12 defensive digs, as did Lauren Wilson, behind J'Leen Diaz's team-high 18 digs to go along with eight kills of her own.
The Spartans jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first set and then, after SUNY Cobleskill scored four of the next five points, rattled off a 7-1 scoring run to extend their lead to nine at 16-7. Castleton would score five of the final six points of the opening set to take the early match lead.
Castleton's momentum continued early in the second set, pulling out to a 9-4 advantage before the Fighting Tigers closed to within one point on four different occasions. Castleton scored six unanswered points to extend its lead to 21-13 as it cruised to the second set win and a 2-0 match lead.
SUNY Cobleskill (3-2) rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the third set, using a 7-2 run to take the lead at 8-7 before the Spartans scored five straight points. The Fighting Tigers answered back with a 9-2 scoring run to pull ahead, 19-16, and then scored the final three points of the set to extend the match into a fourth set.
The Spartans scored seven straight points early in the fourth set, featuring three aces by Kimberly Jackson, to take a 10-3 lead. Down 17-10, SUNY Cobleskill scored five straight points, and eventually closed to within one at 18-17, but the Spartans outscored the Fighting Tigers 7-3 down the stretch, capped by a kill from Olivia Perkins.
Kasey Williams notched a double-double for SUNY Cobleskill with 10 kills and 11 digs, while Gabby Clark led the Fighting Tigers defensively with 19 digs.
Castleton (2-3) hits the road for a tri-match at Green Mountain College this Saturday, Sept. 17, first facing the host school at 10 a.m. before taking on Lyndon State at 12 noon.