CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team ran into a buzz-saw offense on Tuesday evening as they dropped a Little East Conference matchup to Keene State, 3-0.
The Spartans (2-11, 0-3 LEC) fell behind early and never recovered, as the Owls (15-5, 3-1 LEC) cruised to a three-set win, 25-5, 25-5, 25-4. Keene State swung at an astounding .441 clip with just seven errors on 68 total attempts.
For Castleton, Shannon Manchester had two kills offensively and a pair of blocks at the net, while Brianna Hake recorded six digs and four assists on the night. Brooke Young contributed four digs for Castleton, while four others recorded two digs apiece.
For Keene State, Megan Palmer led the charge with 12 kills on 16 attempts, while Olivia Mathieu and Elizabeth Johnson chipped in with seven kills each. Mathieu led the defensive efforts for the Owls as well, recording a team-high eight digs. Niamh Dodd was part of three blocks defensively for the visitors with Kelly Hunt recording a pair of assisted blocks in the contest.
Keene State jumped on the Spartans early, opening the match with five consecutive points in the first set before going on a 12-0 run to stretch its lead to 18-2 before closing the set out, 25-5. It was more of the same in the second set, with the Owls opening up on a 15-0 run behind the strength of five service aces from Ali McLoughlin. Castleton won back-to-back points late, but it wasn't enough as the Owls captured the second set, 25-5.
Keene State closed out the match with yet another quick set, going on a 16-0 run with the score tied 1-1 to put the match out of reach before closing it out, 25-4.
Castleton is back in action on Saturday with a tri-match at Eastern Connecticut State University. The Spartans will face the host Warriors as well as Connecticut College with the first match starting at noon.