DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Castleton volleyball team hit the road for a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon, falling to both UMass-Dartmouth and Emerson, 3-0, at the Tripp Center.
The Spartans (2-15, 0-5 Little East) dropped the first match of the day to UMass-Dartmouth (8-12, 1-5 LEC), 25-14, 25-12, 25-12, before falling to Emerson (12-10) in straight sets, 25-9, 25-8, 25-9.
Meghan Zawatsky and Brooke Young tied for a team-leading nine digs in total over the two matches, while Young added a pair of service aces in the second match of the day. Shannon Manchester tallied five kills and six digs on the day, while Brianna Hake had seven digs and six assists on the day.
The Corsairs jumped out to a quick lead in the opening set, but Castleton rallied with a 7-2 run late in the frame. It was not enough, however, as UMass-Dartmouth closed out the set, 25-14.
The second set was more of the same, as the Corsairs opened up a 14-3 lead before Castleton ripped off six consecutive points to make it 14-9. UMass-Dartmouth answered with a 9-1 run of its own to push the lead back to 23-10 before closing the middle frame with back-to-back points.
Neither team managed a long run in the final set of action, but the Corsairs slowly pulled away throughout the set, closing out the match with a 25-12 win, punctuated by a closing 4-0 run.
Castleton opened up its match against Emerson with back-to-back points, but the Lions quickly responded with an 18-1 run to push their lead to 18-3. The two teams traded points on the way out, as Emerson picked up the win in the first set, 25-9.
The Lions again went on a lengthy run in the second set, pushing their lead to 8-1 with a 5-0 run before closing out the frame on an 8-0 run that featured a pair of service aces by Grace Hutchison.
That 8-0 run continued into the final set of the day, as Emerson opened up an 8-0 lead in the third stanza before Castleton got on the board. The Lions answered again with runs of seven points and nine points to push their lead to 20-2 before closing the match, 25-5.
Castleton is back in action on Wednesday evening at SUNY Cobleskill for a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m.