JOHNSON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's volleyball team split its second doubleheader in a row Saturday, falling to NVU-Johnson 3-0 in the morning session before knocking of NVU-Lyndon for the second day in a row, 3-0.
Castleton sits at 2-2 overall after the first weekend of competition, while NVU-Johnson is 3-1 and NVU-Lyndon is 0-4. Bre MacDuff's single-match record of 18 service aces lasted less than 24 hours as the Spartan newcomer notched 19 aces in the day's second match against NVU-Lyndon. Castleton accounted for a total of 39 service aces as a team in the match as Shannon Manchester and Ellie Frischmon added seven apiece.
The Spartans put on a strong showing in the opening match but fell in straight sets 25-19, 25-16 and 25-15. In the second match of the day, Castleton cruised to victory 25-2, 25-7 and 25-2.
Lizzie Goodrich and Frischmon had five kills apiece in the opener, while Manchester chipped in four kills for the Spartans in the loss. MacDuff served up a pair of aces and added eight assists, while Meghan Zawatsky had four assists and six digs. Carley Toole added five digs for Castleton.
Castleton got off to a quick start, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the opening set behind 10 consecutive aces from MacDuff. Frischmon then notched a pair of aces to push the lead to 15-1 before Manchester rattled off five aces as part of a closing 10-0 run to end the set.
The second set was more of the same, with Frischmon notching five consecutive aces early on to give the Spartans an 8-1 lead before Hamelink made it 9-1 with a kill. Manchester added a pair of aces to push it to 15-4, before Alissa Rathbun closed out the set with a pair of service aces as part of a 6-0 run for the Spartans.
The finale was all Castleton, as MacDuff served the Spartans a 15-0 lead to open the frame that included nine more aces. Following a kill by Frischmon, Morgan Ferguson helped Castleton go on an 8-0 run that included three aces for the freshman. Hamelink put an emphatic ending on the match, closing it out with a pair of kills for the 25-2 final.
The Spartans are back on the court Tuesday night at 7 p.m. with a non-conference battle against SUNY-Cobleskill. The match is slated for 7 p.m. at Castleton's Glenbrook Gymnasium.