JOHNSON, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team hit the road on Tuesday evening, dropping a match in straight sets to Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 3-0, in a non-conference battle between in-state foes.
The Spartans fall to 0-7 on the season with the loss, while NVU-Johnson improves to 5-6 on the year. The Badgers took the opening set 25-19 before grabbing the second set by a 25-18 score. NVU-Johnson closed out the match with a 25-15 score in the third set.
Madison Hamelink had a team-leading three kills in the match, while Meghan Zawatsky led all players with seven digs. Hamelink added four digs of her own, while Brooke Young tallied four digs and led the Spartans with five assists. Zawatsky, Shannon Manchester and Alondra Nims each registered service aces in the contest.
NVU-Johnson's Nikola Knapova led all players with 13 kills, adding six digs and three service aces along the way. Brooke Scheier had eight kills and a block for the Badgers, while Kimberly Reville had five kills and four aces.
The two teams traded points throughout the first set, but a late run from the Badgers gave them a first-set win capped by back-to-back service aces from Reville. NVU-Johnson opened the second set with an 8-0 run, never trailing in the set as they cruised to a 25-18 win in the middle frame. The Badgers again opened an early lead in the final set, but Castleton rattled off five consecutive points late in the set to close the gap before NVU-Johnson finished the match.
The Spartans return to Little East Conference competition on Saturday at Southern Maine. Match time is slated for noon, with a non-conference match against the University of Maine-Presque Isle to follow at 2 p.m.