Volleyball Loses Opening Matches of Conference Season

Volleyball Loses Opening Matches of Conference Season

HENNIKER, N.H. – The Castleton University volleyball team lost to Colby-Sawyer College, 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-17), and to New England College, 3-1 (20-25, 25-13, 25-11, 25-17), Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action at Bridges Gymnasium.

In the Colby-Sawyer match, Greta Hoehn led the Spartans with four kills, three service aces, and seven digs, while Kimberly Jackson also earned four kills and six digs. Hoehn finished with four kills, two aces, and eight digs against New England College, Maria Jackson notched a double-double with 11 assists and 10 digs, and Meghan Zawatsky earned seven service aces and eight digs.

Colby-Sawyer (6-12, 2-0 NAC) scored the first three points of the match, but Castleton went on a 5-1 scoring run, including two aces by Hoehn, to take a two-point lead. The Chargers put together a 10-1 scoring run, led by three kills by Alli Lahiff and three service aces by Rebecca Straubel, to pull ahead, 18-11. After four straight points by the Spartans, the Chargers closed out the opening set with seven unanswered points, led by Courtney Murray with three kills and a block assist.

After Castleton tied the second set at 7-7, Colby-Sawyer went on an 11-3 run to take an 18-10 advantage. The Chargers closed out the second set with four straight kills, including two by Murray as well as one kill apiece by Straubel and Olivia Goodrich.

The third set was close early until the Chargers scored five straight points, featuring consecutive service aces by Lahiff, to open a 17-10 advantage. After the Spartans closed to within three at 19-16, Colby-Sawyer clinched the set and the match with a 6-1 scoring run, capped by a service ace from Morgan Flynn.

Castleton opened a 9-2 lead in the first set against New England College, but consecutive kills by Kayleigh MacDougall closed the Pilgrim deficit to three at 11-8. The Spartans rattled off seven straight points, but the Pilgrims responded with a 10-2 scoring run to close to within two at 20-18. Castleton scored five of the final seven points of the opening set to take the early match lead.

New England College (8-11, 2-0 NAC) opened the second set with an 8-1 scoring run, but three straight aces from Zawatsky pulled the Spartans to within three at 8-5. A 9-2 scoring run by the Pilgrims extended their lead to 19-8, and then the home team closed out the second set with consecutive kills by Dreka Griffin as well as a kill from Kaitlyn Walker.

After a block by Maria Jackson and Shannon Manchester gave Castleton a 10-9 lead in the third set, New England College put together a 16-1 scoring run, led by Davis with three kills and two total blocks, to win the third set. The Spartans were ahead through most of the fourth set, but the Pilgrims rallied with a 12-2 scoring run, capped by five kills from MacDougall in the final eight points of the match.

Castleton (3-10, 0-2 NAC) hosts Lyndon in a non-conference contest Friday, Oct. 6, starting at 6 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.