CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team continued its Little East Conference schedule on Saturday afternoon, falling to Rhode Island College in straight sets, 25-18, 25-11, 25-8.
Gabrielle Carpenter led the way with five kills on the day, adding three digs and a service ace to her line. Shannon Manchester had a trio of kills in the match, while Meghan Zawatsky had a team-high 11 digs on defense. Brianna Hake added seven digs and six assists, while Manchester and Brooke Young had four digs apiece.
RIC was led by Jillian Ward's seven kills, though Jacqueline Jutras added six service aces for the Anchorwomen in addition to her game-high 20 assists. Marisa Brynes had a game-high 13 digs, while Samantha Borges added 12 digs of her own alongside three service aces.
The two sides traded blows throughout the entirety of the opening set, but the Anchorwomen came out on top 25-18 after slowly pulling away late in the frame. Castleton again challenged RIC in the second set, but the Anchorwomen again pulled away late, closing out the match with six consecutive points.
Rhode Island College opened up an early lead in the third set, but was penalized for playing out of rotation, giving Castleton an 4-2 lead in the early stages of the stanza. The Anchorwomen surged back, rattling off nine consecutive points to take an 11-4 lead. They later added multiple runs of five points before closing out the contest, 25-8.
Castleton returns to the court on Tuesday night at Plymouth State for an LEC battle with the Panthers. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.