Spartans Sweep Hornets, Badgers in NAC Action

Spartans Sweep Hornets, Badgers in NAC Action

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team took care of business Saturday, defeating Lyndon, 3-0 (25-9, 25-6, 25-10), and Johnson State, 3-0 (25-8, 25-4, 25-0), at Stannard Gymnasium.

With the victories, Castleton solidified the fifth seed in the North Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament and will face New England College in Henniker, N.H., next Saturday, Oct. 28, at a time to be determined. The winner of the Castleton-NEC quarterfinal will face top seed Maine Maritime on its home floor in Castine, Maine, Friday, Nov. 3 in the NAC Tournament semifinals. 

Against Lyndon, Castleton took control of the first set with a 5-1 scoring run, including two service aces by Greta Hoehn. The Spartans closed out the opening set by outscoring the Hornets 16-3, led by Kimberly Jackson with three kills and three service aces.

The Spartans scored the first 16 points of the second set, as Maria Jackson earned six service aces during her turn at serve. Castleton would win the second set by scoring the final three points, punctuated by kills from Asia Padua and Shannon Manchester.

Castleton scored five of the first six points of the third set, and then it went on a 12-2 scoring run, led by two kills apiece by Alexia Lengyel and Kimberly Jackson, to extend its lead to 18-5. After Lyndon scored three unanswered points, the Spartans closed out the set and the match with a 7-2 scoring run.

As a team, Castleton posted a .415 hitting percentage (34 kills-7 errors-65 attempts), its highest team percentage since a .426 hitting percentage against Lyndon on Oct. 9, 2010. Kimberly Jackson earned the third highest hitting percentage by a Spartan in a single match at .714 with 11 kills and just one error in 14 attempts, Maria Jackson collected 17 assists, eight service aces, and five kills, and Padua was a perfect 5-for-5 on her attack attempts in the second set.

Against Johnson State, Castleton jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the first set, capped by a kill and a block from Manchester. After the Badgers scored four unanswered points to close to within seven at 15-8, the Spartans scored the final 10 points of the opening set, including a service ace by Jess Grace.

Manchester earned a kill and three service aces to help the Spartans open a 6-1 lead in the second set. With the score 13-4 in Castleton's favor, a Johnson State player was hurt and unable to continue, leaving the Badgers with just five active players and forcing a forfeit of the rest of the match.

Castleton (7-14, 3-4 NAC) closes out its regular season at Norwich University Wednesday, Oct. 25, starting at 7 p.m.