WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Castleton University volleyball team's woes continued on Saturday afternoon as the Spartans dropped a pair of matches to Eastern Connecticut State University and Connecticut College.
Castleton (2-13, 0-4 Little East Conference) opened its day with a 3-0 loss to ECSU (13-4, 4-1 LEC) in a Little East battle, falling 25-9, 25-5, 25-9, before falling 3-0 to Connecticut College (6-10), 25-10, 25-9, 25-5.
Gabrielle Carpenter had a team-high four kills and eight digs on the day, while Brianna Hake added seven digs, four assists and a service ace in the two matches. Ellie Frischmon recorded seven digs as well, while Shannon Manchester had three kills and four digs.
Castleton held an early lead in the opening set against the Warriors as the two sides traded points until the Spartans jumped out to a 7-5 lead. ECSU rattled off a 7-0 run to take a 12-7 lead, never looking back on its way to a 25-9 win in set one. The Warriors never trailed in the second set, opening the frame on a 9-0 run before closing out the stanza on a 7-0 run to claim a set-two win, 25-5. The third set was more of the same as ECSU never trailed, going on a 12-0 run to jump out to a 15-3 lead before closing out the match, 25-9.
Connecticut College jumped out to a quick lead in the opening set of Castleton's second match of the day, rattling off a 7-0 run to take an 8-1 lead out of the gates. After the Spartans battled back to a 15-9 deficit, the Camels finished the match on a 10-1 run to seal a first-set win. Connecticut College opened set two how it finished set one, winning the first six points of the middle stanza. The Spartans battled back to make it an 8-6 game, but the Camels pulled away again with multiple five-point runs to take set two, 25-9. Connecticut College closed the match with a brisk, 25-5 victory in the final set that included a 12-point run that turned an 11-4 lead into a 23-4 lead.
Castleton returns to action next Saturday when they travel to UMass-Dartmouth for a tri-match against the Corsairs and Emerson College. The first match begins at noon.