NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Castleton University women's volleyball team dropped a non-conference battle to Norwich Wednesday night, falling 3-0 to the Cadets in Andrews Hall Gym.
Castleton's record drops to 7-10, while Norwich improves to 10-7 overall on the year after finishing the sweep with set wins of 25-19, 25-10 and 25-11. The Cadets hit .237 on the night with 32 assists on 34 kills, while Castleton hit -.082 with 13 assists on 15 kills. The Cadets led in digs, 44-38, and in blocks, 2-0.
Lizzie Goodrich, Madison Hamelink and Shannon Manchester each had three kills on the night, while Bre MacDuff had 10 assists. Meghan Zawatsky racked up 16 digs, while Carley Toole added two kills and two aces on the night.
Norwich was led by Michele Zummo's 12 kills, while Olivia Brown and Briana Dawson had 12 digs each. Sarah Farnum had 29 assists, and Addison Hall had a pair of solo blocks. Julia Schroeder, Marissa Perrotti and Farnum all had five-plus kills in the match.
Castleton battled closely throughout the entirety of the opening set, leading midway through—13-12. A 6-0 run by Norwich gave the Cadets an 18-13 edge, but Castleton responded by winning three of the next four points to draw closer, 19-16. Neither side could get on a roll the remainder of the set, but Norwich held off the Spartans to claim the opener, 25-19.
The Cadets ran out to an early 10-3 lead in set two, but Castleton rattled off three straight points to stop the bleeding. A subsequent 4-0 run by Norwich made it 14-7. The lead stretched to 10 points, 19-9, before a service error stopped a 5-1 run. With the score sitting at 19-10, Norwich scored each of the set's final six points to win, 25-10.
The final set was controlled by the Cadets once more, as they rattled off eight straight points after going ahead 11-5 to take a 19-5 lead. Castleton scored five straight points late, but it wasn't enough as Norwich claimed the final set and the match with a 25-11 victory.
Castleton returns to action Saturday with a pair of matches at Western Connecticut State University. The Spartans open the day against WestConn at noon before facing off with Nichols at 2 p.m.