CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team was knocked off in straight sets by Norwich University on Thursday evening, falling 3-0 in front of a raucous crowd in Glenbrook Gymnasium.
The Spartans fall to 2-19 in the loss, while Norwich improves to 10-13 after downing Castleton 25-8, 25-11, 25-10. Castleton honored two seniors prior to the game, as Brianna Hake and Emily Wang appeared in one of their final home games for the Spartans.
Shannon Manchester had a team-leading four kills in the match, her highest total in her last nine outings. Gabrielle Carpenter registered three kills for the Spartans while adding five digs defensively. Meghan Zawatsky racked up 11 digs for Castleton, while Hake added four digs and assists. Manchester, Brooke Young and Alondra Nims all recorded a service ace.
Norwich's Kathryn Farnum led all players with 10 kills in the match and added four service aces to total 14 points for the Cadets. She also had a team-high eight digs. Julia Schroeder tallied six kills for the visitors, while Marissa Perrotti had three kills and five service aces. Norwich totaled 16 service aces as a team.
The Cadets jumped out to a quick lead in set one and never looked back, going on a 4-0 run out of the gate. They followed that soon after with a 7-2 run to open up a 12-5 lead before closing out the set with an 11-1 run behind the strength of Emily Oliver and Farnum's serving prowess.
Castleton led in the early-going of set two on the evening, 4-2, but Norwich erased that lead with an 8-1 run to open up a 10-5 edge. With Castleton hanging around and trailing just 12-9, the Cadets rattled off 11 straight points to make it 23-9 behind the power of three aces from Perrotti before closing out the set, 25-11.
The final set began with another 4-0 run for Norwich before Castleton got on the board to cut the deficit to three, but the Spartans got no closer as the Cadets pulled away gradually before ending the match with a 4-0 run.
Castleton closes its season on Sunday at noon when it plays host to Western Connecticut State University in Little East Conference action in Glenbrook Gymnasium.