POULTNEY, Vt. – Returning to North Atlantic Conference play Tuesday night, the Castleton University volleyball team earned its first league victory by sweeping Green Mountain College, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-16), at the Eagle Dome.
The Spartans were led by Kimberly Jackson, who hit at a .111 clip putting down six kills while also registering two service aces, a solo block, and nine digs. Shannon Manchester supplemented the offense with five kills, and Greta Hoehn contributed a team-high five service aces. Jess Grace and Meghan Zawatsky led the defensive effort for the Spartans with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Maria Jackson steered the offense with nine assists, three kills, and four digs.
Green Mountain (3-10, 0-3 NAC) took a 5-1 lead early in the opening set, but Castleton responded with a 10-3 scoring run to pull ahead, 12-9. Down 16-11, the Eagles scored eight unanswered points, led by four service aces from Caroline Gay, to retake the lead at 19-16. The Spartans rallied with a 9-3 scoring run to win the first set.
The Eagles once again took a 5-1 lead in the second set, but Castleton responded again, this time with a 10-1 scoring run to take an 11-6 lead. A 6-1 Green Mountain scoring run tied the set at 12-12, but Castleton would slowly pull away with the middle set, clinching it on a kill by Manchester.
In the third set, Castleton took a 10-5 lead thanks to a 6-1 scoring run, but Green Mountain would close to within two at 14-12 midway through the set. The Spartans pulled away thanks to an 11-4 scoring run that capped the third set and the match for the visitors.
Estela Felix Almeida led all Eagle hitters with a game-high 10 kills while digging up 12 Spartan attacks. Sharena Armstrong hammered down eight attacks while Madison Wheeler notched a trio of kills along with eight digs. Gay contributed to the Eagle effort with seven service aces and 11 digs, while Bryanna Hopple directed the offense with her 17 assists.
Castleton (5-10, 1-2 NAC) steps out of conference for a road match at MCLA Thursday, Oct. 12, starting at 7 p.m.