NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team lost its final regular season match of the season to Norwich University, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-19), Wednesday night at Andrews Hall.
Castleton opened the match by scoring four of the first five points, including kills by Jess Grace and Greta Hoehn, and a kill by Kimberly Jackson gave the Spartans a 7-4 advantage. Norwich went on a 10-2 scoring run, led by Michele Zummo and Emily Oliver with two kills apiece. The Cadets scored six unanswered points later in the set and then closed it out with a kill by Kathryn Farnum.
The Spartans started the second set strong, jumping out to a 10-2 lead thanks in part to two service aces by Hoehn. The Cadets responded, putting together their own 11-1 scoring run, led by Julia Schroeder with three kills and three solo blocks. After Castleton tied the set at 13-13, Norwich closed out the set with a 12-2 scoring run, led by Marissa Perrotti with three kills.
Castleton again took the early lead in the third set, 5-2, but Norwich rallied with a 9-2 scoring run to pull ahead, 13-8. The Cadets maintained their advantage the rest of the way, clinching the set and the match with a kill by Schroeder.
Norwich (11-13) was led by Farnum with 10 kills and 10 digs, with Schroeder and Zummo contributing seven kills apiece and Brianna Dawson finishing with 31 digs. Maria Jackson led the Spartans with 17 kills, with Hoehn and Meghan Zawatsky earning two service aces apiece.
Castleton (7-15) begins play in the North Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 28, traveling to Henniker, N.H., to face New England College in a quarterfinal starting at 10:30 a.m.