CASTLETON, Vt. – After 10 straight matches away from home over the past month, the Castleton University volleyball team returns to Glenbrook Gym Saturday, Oct. 15, to host two matches as part of a North Atlantic Conference quad-match.
The Spartans will face Colby-Sawyer College at 12 noon and Maine Maritime at 2 p.m. At the same time, Green Mountain will be playing in SHAPE Gym against Maine Maritime at 12 noon and Colby-Sawyer at 2 p.m.
Castleton comes into Saturday's action with a 7-8 overall record after losing to SUNY Cobleskill Wednesday night, 3-0. The Spartans are 1-1 in conference play, defeating Maine-Presque Isle before losing to Husson in Bangor, Maine, Oct. 1. Last Saturday at Elms College, Alex Madsen became Castleton's all-time leader in assists, currently with 750 career assists.
Colby-Sawyer is 5-18 overall, but 2-1 in NAC play with wins over Johnson State and Lyndon State on Oct. 1. The Chargers have lost four straight matches, most recently a 3-0 loss at Johnson & Wales Wednesday night. Gabrielle Rodriguez leads the team with 152 kills and 37 service aces, plus she has collected 187 digs and 21 total blocks.
Maine Maritime is tied with Husson at the top of the NAC standings with a 3-0 league mark, part of a 14-6 overall record. The Mariners have won six of their last seven matches, including a 3-0 victory over Unity at home Wednesday. Gillian O'Neal leads the team with 299 kills, plus she has earned 215 digs and 42 service aces.
Green Mountain is still looking for its first victory of the season heading into a match at Daniel Webster Friday night. Torie Cowell is one to watch for the Eagles with 49 kills, 19 aces, and 14 total blocks.
Last season, Castleton lost to Colby-Sawyer, 3-0, in a match played at Green Mountain Oct. 24, 2015. The Spartans lost to Maine Maritime twice during the 2015 campaign, first during the regular season Oct. 3 in Castine, Maine, 3-0, and then in the semifinals of the NAC Tournament Nov. 6 in New London, N.H., 3-1.