Spartans Drop Regular Season Finale 3-0
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Castleton was unable to take a set from Norwich as the Spartans fell to the Cadets 3-0 in their regular season finale on Wednesday evening.
For Norwich, Kelsey Mancini recorded a double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs as the home team took the match 25-19, 25-18, and 25-21. With the win, the Cadets improve to 6-19 overall, while the loss drops Castleton to 9-13.
Norwich dominated play through all three sets in match that saw zero lead changes and no ties. Castleton came within one point of evening the score in the third set, as the Spartans scored 10-straight points on powerful serving by Brittany Brayman to bring the score to 21-20.
Mancini recorded a kill to break up Brayman's serving streak, but a Norwich attack error on the next play kept the one-point margin alive at 22-21. That would mark the closest it would get for Castleton, as Norwich scored the next three points to clinch the match with a 25-21 win in game three.
In addition to Mancini, the Cadets also saw double-digits in the kills column by sophomore Tara Lyons, with a match-high 12 kills. Lyons also had an impressive blocking day, tallying three solo blocks and three assisted blocks for Norwich. Junior Corinne Baita dished out 23 assists and led the Cadets in digs with 17 to record a double-double of her own.
Castleton got a match-high 21 digs from Breannon Meuse. Michaela Babineau added 12 digs, while Amanda Chambers and Brayman both totaled 10 digs. Kaylee Pratt aided the Castleton defense with two blocks. Offensively, the Spartans saw six kills apiece from Chambers and Pratt and four from Brayman.
Castleton returns to action on Saturday when the Spartans host Lyndon St. in the North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals.