CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team wrapped up its 2018 campaign on Sunday afternoon, falling in straight sets to Western Connecticut State University in Little East Conference action in Glenbrook Gym.
The Spartans conclude the season with a 2-20 record overall and an 0-8 mark in LEC play, while WCSU finishes the regular season with a 17-9 record overall and a 5-3 record in conference action. The Colonials took the opening set 25-10 before winning set two, 25-23, and closing it out with a 25-9 set-three victory.
Shannon Manchester and Gabrielle Carpenter each had a pair of kills in the loss to lead the team, while Brianna Hake had each of Castleton's five assists. Hake added a pair of service aces, while Meghan Zawatsky and Brooke Young had service aces of their own. Zawatsky also paced the Spartans with five digs.
Kamari King led all players with 16 digs as the Colonials' outside hitter feasted on assists from Jenna Skerritt all afternoon. Skerritt racked up 38 total assists for WestConn. Ali Brochu tallied nine kills for WCSU, while Mikayla Aubry and Nicolina Chenard had six kills apiece. Jenna Pisano had 13 digs for the Colonials to lead all players.
Castleton opened the game with a 2-0 lead in the first set, but the Colonials rattled off four consecutive points to take a lead they would not relinquish in the opening set. WestConn closed out the opening set 25-10 behind the power of an 8-1 run.
The second set looked to be more of the same early as Western Connecticut opened up a lead as large as seven points, but the Spartans battled back to narrow the gap to just one point, 24-23. The Colonials held strong, finishing the set 25-23 with a kill from Aubry.
After the Spartans again went up 2-0 to open the final frame, WestConn answered with four straight points before later going on a 7-1 run to make it 12-4. Castleton pulled within five points at 12-7, but the Colonials pulled away, capping the match with a 7-0 run to win, 25-9.