BOSTON – The Castleton University women's volleyball team opened Little East Conference play Friday evening with a three-set loss at UMass Boston at the Clark Athletic Center.
Castleton falls to 4-5 overall this year with an 0-1 mark in LEC play while UMass Boston improves to 3-6 overall and 1-0 in conference play. UMass Boston controlled play from the beginning, winning 25-6, 25-12, 25-7.
The Beacons outhit the Spartans by a wide margin as UMass Boston swung at a .315 clip as a team while Castleton struggled to a -.245 hitting percentage. The Beacons amassed 25 kills as a team and notched 28 service aces, while Castleton managed seven kills and a lone ace.
Ellie Frischmon led the team with three kills, while Meghan Zawatsky registered seven digs and an ace. Five other Spartans chipped in with two digs apiece, and Shannon Manchester and Gabrielle Carpenter combined for Castleton's lone block.
Mallory Reed and Taryn Broughal tied for a match-high four kills apiece, with three others registering three kills each. Carsen Komminsk had 10 assists and four aces, while Jill Francis led all players with seven aces in the contest. Sidnee Berch added six digs for the Beacons and Sarah Doyle had two solo blocks.
UMass Boston got off to a hot start, rattling off the first six points of the match to set the tone. After a Frischmon kill to stop the bleeding, the Beacons pushed the lead to 10-1 following a kill from Doyle to cap a 4-0 run. UMass Boston continued to pour it on, scoring 11 of the final 13 points in the set to take a 1-0 lead.
After jumping out to a 5-2 lead, the Beacons went on a 12-0 run to go ahead 17-2. Castleton battled back, however, using a 6-1 run to make it 21-11. UMass Boston stopped the momentum from there, scoring four of the final five points, including each of the final three, to take set two, 25-12.
The third set was much like the first two, as UMass Boston raced out to a 10-3 lead behind a 5-0 run in the earlygoing. A 10-0 run by the Beacons effectively put the match away as they took a 20-4 lead. After Castleton scored a pair of points on errors, the Beacons went on a 4-0 run to go ahead 24-6 before putting the match away on a kill by Reed to end it, 25-7.
Castleton returns to the court Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. with matches against Mass Maritime and Suffolk University at Suffolk.