LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – The Castleton University volleyball team hit the road Saturday and came away with a straight-set victory, cruising to a 3-0 win over Northern Vermont University-Lyndon at Stannard Gymnasium.
The Spartans improve to 4-4 on the season while Lyndon falls to 0-7. Castleton hit .400 as a team on the day, while Lyndon struggled to a -.206 mark. Castleton made just one reception error on the day while the Hornets amassed 26 reception errors. It is the third win of the season over Lyndon for the Spartans following a pair of victories at the Vermont Volleyball Classic in late August.
Carley Toole racked up 14 service aces, while Bre MacDuff had four aces and 11 assists. Shannon Manchester, Madison Hamelink and Ellie Frischmon had three kills apiece, with Meghan Zawatsky, Lizzie Goodrich, Alissa Rathbun and Toole adding two kills each.
For NVU-Lyndon, Emily Clancy had four kills and six digs while Fahari Achinda chipped in with a service ace. Cassie Black and Paige Daley added one kill apiece.
Castleton got out to an early lead in the first set and took advantage. Leading 9-3 in the opening frame the Toole served up 16 straight points, including ten aces to close out the set.
The second set was more of the same, as Castleton raced out to a 17-3 lead. The two sides traded points on the way out in set No. 2, as the Spartans picked up a 25-9 win in the middle frame.
Lyndon grabbed the first point of the third set, but Castleton rallied back to take a 6-3 lead before Toole stepped up to serve. She rattled off 10 consecutive points, giving the Spartans a 16-3 edge. Lyndon earned just two points the rest of the way as Castleton rolled to a 25-6 victory in the final set.
Castleton returns to action Friday, Sept. 20, when it opens Little East Conference action at UMass Boston. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.