CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday, falling in a Little East Conference duel with Southern Maine before knocking off Paul Smith's in non-conference action.
The Spartans sit at 7-7 on the season with an 0-2 mark in LEC play after Saturday's action, while Southern Maine improves to 7-9, 1-1 LEC, and Paul Smith's moves to 8-6 overall. Castleton dropped the opener to the Huskies in straight sets—25-5, 25-13, 25-5—before knocking off Paul Smith's in three sets—25-21, 25-17, 25-21.
Lizzie Goodrich had 15 kills on the day in addition to a pair of solo blocks, while Madison Hamelink added 10 kills and 20 digs. Bre MacDuff racked up 35 assists, 17 digs and four service aces, while Meghan Zawatsky chipped in with 13 digs and three aces.
USM's Sophie Lindsay had eight kills and 16 assists, while Cassidy Gibb and Lauren Delissio had 10 digs each. Jamie Jannarone led the way with five service aces.
The Huskies controlled play throughout the first set, as Rachel Chille served USM nine consecutive points to give the visitors a 23-4 lead. The gap got no closer as USM closed out the set 25-5.
Castleton kept the second set competitive early, rattling off three straight points to make it 17-12 midway through. The Huskies rebounded with five straight points of their own to take a commanding, 22-12 lead, closing out the set 25-13.
Southern Maine continued to cruise in the final set, as Jannarone served the final 12 consecutive points to close the match, 25-5.
The Spartans got off to a slow start in the second match of the day, playing even with Paul Smith's in the earlygoing. Trailing 14-9, Castleton rattled off six straight points to take a 15-14 lead. The lead stretched to 20-16, but Paul Smith's closed the gap to 20-19 with a quick 3-0 run. Castleton closed out the set with a 5-2 run, winning the opener 25-21.
Castleton again battled tightly with the Bobcats in the second set, but pulled away briefly in the middle of the frame. A 4-0 run made it 15-8, but the Bobcats drew closer at 18-13. The two sides traded points on the way out, with Castleton claiming set No. 2, 25-17.
The final set was all Castleton early, but the Bobcats hung around to make a match of it in the final portion. With Castleton leading 23-15 in the final frame, Paul Smith's went on a 6-1 run to make it 24-21. Hamelink ended it with an emphatic kill, giving the Spartans a 25-21 win to close out the three-set sweep.
Castleton returns to action Wednesday night when it hosts Keene State at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.