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Volleyball Splits Season-Opening Twin Bill

Volleyball Splits Season-Opening Twin Bill

JOHNSON, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team split a pair of matches at the Vermont Volleyball Classic Friday afternoon hosted by Northern Vermont University-Johnson.

The Spartans opened the day with a 3-0 loss to Norwich before earning a 3-0 victory over NVU-Lyndon. The victory was the first of the season and the first of head coach Lindsay Bynon's career. Castleton's 41 service aces as a team against the Hornets were second-most in a single game in program history, just two shy of the record 43 service aces against NVU-Lyndon—then Lyndon State College—in September 2006.

Bre MacDuff made a big impact on her first date of competition for the Spartans, racking up a program-record 18 service aces in a single match in the victory over NVU-Lyndon. She concluded the day with 15 assists, 10 digs and 19 service aces over two matches. Shannon Manchester contributed six kills and nine service aces on the day, while Meghan Zawatsky racked up 13 digs in the contest against Norwich.

The Spartans battled Norwich tough in the opening set, falling 25-15, but the Cadets got stronger as the match went on, taking sets two and three by scores of 25-11 and 25-9, respectively. Michele Zummo led Norwich with nine points on six kills, two solo blocks and a service ace. She also added 14 digs in the contest.

Castleton came out firing in the nightcap, cruising to a straight-set victory by winning 25-5, 25-5 and 25-8. Madison Hamelink collected eight points on six aces and two kills, while Shawna Baker tallied eight service aces in the contest. Lizzie Goodrich had three kills on four attempts for the Spartans, while Hamelink and Gabrielle Carpenter each went 2-for-4 attacking in the match. Castleton made just two attack errors as a team and hit .478 in the victory.

The Spartans return to action Saturday at 11 a.m. against NVU-Johnson.