PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Castleton University volleyball team hit the road on Tuesday evening, dropping a match to Plymouth State, 3-0, at Foley Gymnasium in Little East Conference action.
The Spartans (2-18, 0-7 LEC) got off to a slow start, dropping the first set 25-2, but improved throughout the night, pushing the second set to 25-13 and the third set to 25-15. Plymouth State improves to 10-18 overall and 2-5 in the LEC with the win.
Shannon Manchester led the Spartans with three kills, while Brianna Hake, Brooke Young and Gabrielle Carpenter had one kill apiece. Hake had five assists on the evening, while Alondra Nims added a pair of service aces. Meghan Zawatsky led all players with eight digs in the contest, while Manchester added five, Hake added four and Young and Carpenter added three apiece.
PSU's Hannah Douglas had a match-high eight kills, while Jill Tiner added seven kills and Carabeth Norklun chipped in with six. Alexa Prince had a big day setting, racking up 25 assists while teammate Kennedy Mang added 15 assists of her own. Alisha Flanagan and Hannah Chartier collected seven digs each to lead the team, while Alexis Bowers had six digs for the Panthers.
Plymouth State opened up a big lead in set one before the Spartans got on the board, rattling off 16 consecutive points before Young dropped a ball in the middle of a trio of Panthers to break the streak. PSU continued rolling the remainder of the set, closing it out in brisk fashion, 25-2.
Castleton battled back for a more balanced second set, hanging tight with Plymouth State for more than half of the frame. The Panther offense was too powerful, however, going on a 6-0 run to push the score from 12-8 to 18-8. The two teams traded points again on the way out, but the lead was insurmountable as the Panthers closed out set two, 25-13.
Castleton got off to a quick start in the third set, opening up a 7-3 lead. Plymouth State countered with an 11-0 run to erase the deficit and take a 14-7 lead of its own. The Spartans pulled back within five points, but got no closer as PSU finished the night with a 25-15 win in the third set.
The Spartans are back in action on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in Glenbrook Gymnasium when they play host to in-state foe Norwich for their final non-conference action of the season.