CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's volleyball had a record-setting match Tuesday evening, sweeping Northern Vermont University-Lyndon 3-0 with a program-record 44 service aces as a team.
The Spartans improve to 6-6 on the season, while Lyndon falls to 0-9. Castleton swung at a season-high .542 clip, making just two errors in 24 total attacks. The team had 13 assists on 15 kills, and completed the match without a reception error. Castleton completed the season sweep of the Hornets, defeating them in all four matches head-to-head this year.
Layne Cronin was responsible for 18 of those aces, tying a program record for most aces in a single match, a number that Bre MacDuff hit twice earlier this season. MacDuff finished Tuesday's contest with 14 aces and 10 assists. Carley Toole added eight aces and Shannon Manchester led all players with five kills. Madison Hamelink contributed four kills for the Spartan attack.
Vanessa Soares and Cassie Black had two digs apiece for the Hornets, while Alexis Foley, Paige Daley and Maria Parker had one each.
Castleton got out to a quick lead in the opening set, but Lyndon kept the score close, 8-4. The Spartans pulled away as Toole took over service as the freshman served Castleton to 14 consecutive points to pull away, 23-4, before Castleton claimed the opening set by a final score of 25-5.
The second set was all Castleton, as MacDuff served her team to a 5-0 lead early. After a service error by MacDuff gave the Hornets a point, Castleton won back service on an error by Emily Clancy to give Cronin her opportunity. Cronin rattled off 19 consecutive points—14 of which came via ace—to end the set, 25-1.
Castleton began the final set much the same as it ended the second, as MacDuff served the Spartans to an 8-0 lead with eight consecutive aces. The Spartans slowly pulled away from there, claiming victory in the third set, 25-7, and finishing off the sweep of the Hornets.
The Spartans return to action Saturday with a pair of matches against the University of Southern Maine and Paul Smith's College at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, at Glenbrook Gym.