CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team heads to Bennington, Vt., for a rematch against Southern Vermont College Wednesday night, Sept. 28, starting at 7 p.m.
The Spartans are looking to return to the .500 mark after splitting two matches at Bay Path last Saturday for a 4-5 overall record. Castleton lost to Bay Path in four sets before sweeping Johnson State.
Thanks in part to 24 service aces against Johnson State, the Spartans are now 11th in Division III in service aces, averaging 3.15 aces per set as a team. Kimberly Jackson is tied for the lead in the North Atlantic Conference and sixth in the country with 1.00 service aces per set.
Cassidy Tedeschi continues to lead the team in kills with 75, plus she has collected 18 service aces and 70 digs. J'Leen Diaz has earned 69 kills, 19 aces, and a team-high 93 digs, while Jackson is second on the squad with 84 digs to go along with her high total of service aces. Alex Madsen continues to run the Spartan offense, accumulating 195 assists so far this season.
Southern Vermont brings a 3-10 overall record into Wednesday's match after a 3-0 loss at MCLA last Friday. The Mountaineers have lost three straight official matches and seven of their last eight countable contests. This will be the first official home match for Southern Vermont, not counting a 3-2 loss to Hudson Valley Community College last Thursday.
Brin Goldman leads the Mountaineers with 99 total kills, plus she has earned 62 assists, 18 service aces, and 147 digs. Michelle Urkevich leads the team with 108 assists and 21 service aces, but she has played just one of the Mountaineers' last six matches. Defensively, Julia Florence has nine total blocks, while Lizzy Bench has collected 152 digs.
This is a rematch of an exciting five-set contest played at Glenbrook Gym Sept. 7, with the Mountaineers rallying from a 2-1 deficit to win the match, clinching it with a 15-13 fifth-set victory. Diaz led the Spartans with 13 kills, a .257 hitting percentage, and 14 digs, while Tedeschi finished with 11 kills, four service aces, and nine digs. Jackson contributed to Castleton's effort with eight aces and two total blocks. Goldman led Southern Vermont with 13 kills, four service aces, and 21 digs.