CASTLETON, Vt. – For the second straight week, the Castleton University volleyball team will play back-to-back matches on the road, traveling to Longmeadow, Mass., to face Bay Path and Johnson State Saturday at First Baptist Gym.
The Spartans' record is 3-4 after they split their two matches last Saturday, sweeping Green Mountain before losing to Lyndon State in four sets. This will be the second of six consecutive Saturdays in which Castleton plays two matches in one day, as well as the third and fourth of 10 straight contests away from home for the Spartans.
Cassidy Tedeschi continues to lead the Spartans with 64 kills, as she is fifth in the NAC with 2.46 kills per set. J'Leen Diaz is right behind Tedeschi in kills with 60, plus she leads the team with 84 digs. Kimberly Jackson is third in the league and 17th in the country with 0.85 service aces per set (22 total aces), and Alex Madsen has collected 168 assists, sitting second in the conference with 6.46 assists per set.
Bay Path is 2-6 so far this season after losing to Westfield State in three sets this past Wednesday. Lauren Vallee is the team's top player, leading the Wildcats with 68 kills (3.09 kills/set), 70 digs (3.18 digs/set), and 10 total blocks, including eight solo blocks. She is also tied for second on the squad with 10 service aces, behind Ashlee Connors with 11 aces. Lexi Cears has been the team's setter with 136 assists, averaging 6.18 assists per set.
Castleton has won the past three meetings over Bay Path, defeating the Wildcats in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Bay Path last defeated the Spartans in 2011, 3-0.
Johnson State brings a 1-8 record into the weekend, losing to Lyndon State in a NAC contest, 3-1, Tuesday night. Breanna Laughlin leads the Badgers with 102 kills (3.52 kills/set), a .310 hitting percentage, 25 service aces (0.86 aces/set), and five total blocks. Laurel Hubbert-Severance has earned 119 assists to lead Johnson State, while Kimberly Reville paces the team defensively with 65 digs.
Castleton has defeated Johnson State in each of the last four seasons, all with 3-0 decisions. In last year's matchup, the Spartans hit .325 as a team and collected 18 service aces, led by five aces from Diaz to go along with 14 digs.