Strong Service Game Leads to Spartan Sweep Over Hornets

Strong Service Game Leads to Spartan Sweep Over Hornets

CASTLETON, Vt. – Thanks to a strong service game as well as consistent offense and good defense, the Castleton University volleyball team swept the Lyndon Hornets, 3-0 (25-10, 25-6, 25-12), Friday night in a non-conference collegiate volleyball match at Glenbrook Gymnasium.

Senior Kimberly Jackson led the way with six kills and seven digs, with Maria Jackson finishing with 11 assists, seven digs, and five service aces. As a team, the Spartans combined for a season-high 23 service aces, including nine aces from libero Meghan Zawatsky and seven aces by Jess Grace.

Castleton scored the first three points of the match, but three unanswered points by Lyndon, including a service ace by Courtney Gagne and a kill from Faith Richard, closed the Hornet deficit to 7-5. Led by three aces from Zawatsky, the Spartans scored nine unanswered points, and then put together an 8-2 scoring run to close out the opening set.

Three more aces by Zawatsky early in the second set allowed Castleton to score seven of the first eight points. After a kill by Gagne, the Spartans scored 16 of the final 18 points of the second set, including three service aces apiece by Grace and Maria Jackson.

Lyndon (2-13) took a 2-1 lead in the third set on kills by Gagne and Samantha Theriault, but Castleton responded with a 14-3 scoring run, capped by a kill from Lauren Wilson and a service ace by Shannon Manchester. The Hornets strung together three straight points late in the set thanks in part to a kill by Alexis Walker and a service ace by Vanessa Soares, but Castleton closed out the set and the match by scoring five of the final six points.

Walker led the Hornets with eight digs as Lyndon finished with more digs than Castleton, 30-29.

Castleton (4-10) returns to conference play when it makes the short trip south to face Green Mountain Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. Lyndon is off until Oct. 14, when it travels to New London, N.H., to face Colby-Sawyer and New England College in NAC contests.