LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team traveled north for a non-conference tri-match on Sunday afternoon, taking on both branches of the newly-formed Northern Vermont University as they dueled Johnson and Lyndon to a 1-1 record on the day.
Castleton (2-10) opened the day with a 3-0 loss to the Badgers of NVU-Johnson (8-6), before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over NVU-Lyndon (0-14) in the second match of the day. Castleton registered seven blocks as a team on the day in addition to a staggering 25 service aces.
Brianna Hake had a big day for Castleton, coming one dig shy of two double-doubles on the day. She opened with a nine-dig, 11-assist performance in the opening match against NVU-Johnson, before breaking out with 19 assists and 13 digs against Lyndon. It marks the fourth consecutive match that she has recorded double-digit assist totals. Shannon Manchester racked up 23 kills over the two matches in addition to six service aces and accounted for 31.5 points for Castleton.
The Spartans battled Johnson tough in each of the three sets in the opening match, falling 25-17, 25-18 and 25-19 to the Badgers despite totaling one of their best hitting percentages of the season. Manchester swung at a .333 clip to mark a new season-best, while Meghan Zawatsky checked in with 12 digs for Castleton and four players played a role in blocking a total of three attacks from the Badgers.
Castleton was undeterred, bouncing back with a four-set win over NVU-Lyndon, 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 25-16. Manchester dominated the match for the Spartans, tallying 16 kills and five service aces for a total of 23 points. Hake racked up seven service aces in the match, including three in a row to close out the first set, while her 19-assist performance was her third-highest total of the season and her 13 digs were her second most in a match this year. Zawatsky came through with seven digs and five aces of her own as she put together another solid performance from the libero position.
The Spartans return to Little East Conference action on Tuesday night when they host Keene State in a 7 p.m. tilt at Glenbrook Gymnasium.