CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University women's volleyball lost in straight sets to Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at the Murray Center, falling 25-12, 25-19, 25-13 in Little East Conference action.
The Spartans fall to 7-9 on the season and 0-4 in LEC play, while RIC improves to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in league play. The Anchorwomen hit .278 as a team, racking up 33 kills. Castleton swung at a -.089 rate with 18 kills.
Lizzie Goodrich led the Spartans with five kills and a solo block to account for six points, while Madison Hamelink had four kills and a service ace. Bre MacDuff chipped in with four aces and 15 assists while registering eight digs. Meghan Zawatsky led all players with 13 digs on the day.
RIC's Amelia Murphy had a match-high 11 kills and took part in four blocks, while Jenaeya Evans and Jessica Brielmaier had six kills apiece. Samantha Borges had a team-high nine digs and three aces.
The Anchorwomen got out to a quick start, going ahead 5-1 in the opening set. Castleton battled back to tie it at 9-9, but a 4-0 run by RIC put the Anchorwomen on top once more. A 6-0 run later in the set extended the lead to 21-11, before the hosts scored four straight points to end the opener, 25-12.
After trading points to a 4-4 score in the second set, RIC once again used a quick run to take a lead. The Anchorwomen rattled off five straight points to go ahead 9-4, but Castleton made things interesting with a 7-1 run that made it 15-13 in favor of the home side. RIC answered with an 8-1 run of its own to extend the lead to 21-13. Castleton scored six of the last 10 points in the set, but it was too little, too late, as RIC claimed set two, 25-19.
The final set was a close battle early, as the Anchorwomen led 8-7. The hosts ran away from there, rattling off a 10-1 run to go ahead 17-9. Castleton had a 4-0 run late in the set, but the Anchorwomen scored the final two points to finish the match with a 25-13 victory.
Castleton returns to the court Wednesday night at Norwich for a non-conference matchup. Match time is slated for 6 p.m.