CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team lost to Colby-Sawyer College, 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-11), and to Maine Maritime Academy, 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-12), Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action at Glenbrook Gym.
Colby-Sawyer (7-18, 4-1 NAC) scored the first four points of the match, three of them on service aces by Micaela Cardozo, before back-to-back kills by Olivia Perkins started a 10-1 scoring run for the Spartans. After the two teams basically exchanged points through the majority of the first set, the Chargers pulled to within one on a block by Jaia Woodland and Naarah Cox, but Castleton responded with three straight points, closing out the first set on a kill by Perkins.
The Chargers opened an 8-2 lead early in the second set, and then scored six unanswered points later on, including another block by Woodland and Cox, to extend their lead into double figures. Colby-Sawyer would finish the second set on a kill by Cox and a service ace from Olivia Goodrich, tying the match at one set apiece.
Down 6-3 in the third set after consecutive kills by Courtney Murray, Castleton rattled off six unanswered points to pull ahead, 9-6. Colby-Sawyer answered right back with an 11-2 scoring run, capped by two kills from Woodland sandwiched around two service aces by Ashley Kinley. After Cassidy Tedeschi earned a kill and a solo block to close the Spartan deficit to 21-18, the Chargers scored the final four points of the third set, featuring two kills by Cardozo and a service ace from Nicole Olivieri.
In the fourth set, Colby-Sawyer started by scoring seven of the first nine points, and then opened a 15-point advantage thanks to an 11-1 scoring run, led by Cox with four kills and Olivieri with three aces. Cardozo would close out the set and the match with a kill.
Tedeschi led the Spartans with eight kills, 11 digs, and four total blocks, while Kimberly Jackson finished with six kills, two service aces, and 10 digs. For the Chargers, Cox earned 11 kills, a .421 hitting percentage, and five total blocks, Goodrich dished out 43 assists, and Kinley collected four aces and 18 digs.
Just like in its first match, Castleton stayed with its opponent through the first set of the second match of the day, taking a 15-11 lead on a kill and an ace from Jackson as well as a kill by Perkins. Down 18-15, Maine Maritime outscored the Spartans 10-4 the rest of the opening set, with Tess Clark earning a kill and two aces while Gillian O'Neal picked up two late kills, including the one that clinched the set.
Maine Maritime (16-6, 5-0 NAC) dominated the final two sets, first opening a 15-3 lead in the second set before allowing Castleton to close the gap back into single digits by making five errors in a row. Clark picked up two kills to bring about set point, and Hannah Butland finished off the second set with a service ace.
After Castleton won the first two points of the third set, the Mariners went on a 9-1 scoring run, led by three aces from Maria Perez and three blocks, all featuring Alexa Cacacie. Maine Maritime extended its lead later in the set with five unanswered points, and then won the final four points of the match, with Sydney Adams picking up two service aces as part of that stretch.
The Mariners used a tough service game to control the match, collecting 22 service aces, led by Clark with six and three other players with four aces apiece. Clark and O'Neal earned 11 kills apiece as Maine Maritime remained undefeated in conference play.
Castleton (7-10, 1-3 NAC) hosts Green Mountain College Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.