CASTLETON, Vt, - The Castleton University women's volleyball team hosted Eastern Connecticut State University for a Little East Conference matchup and its eighth annual Dig Pink match in support of the Side-Out Foundation, but the Spartans came up short on the wrong side of a 3-0 decision.
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The Warriors (11-8, 5-2 LEC) cruised to victory with set wins of 25-9, 25-4 and 25-8. Castleton falls to 7-14 overall and 0-6 in the LEC with the loss. EastConn powered its way to victory thanks to a .343 hitting percentage and 32 kills, while Castleton swung at a -.235 clip with just nine kills.
Madison Hamelink had four kills to lead the Castleton attack, while Shannon Manchester amassed a solo block and three assists in addition to two kills. Bre MacDuff had six assists and six digs—both team highs—while Gabrielle Carpenter added a pair of block assists.
Anna Barry led all players with 10 kills in the match, with teammate Alaetra Long racking up nine kills of her own. Long also added nine digs on the night, with Madison Bell adding eight digs for the Warriors. Long and Barry also played a role in three blocks each as EastConn had five blocks as a team on the night.
The first set was competitive early, as Castleton rattled off five unanswered points to make it 8-6. The Warriors answered with an 8-1 run to go ahead 16-7. EastConn continued to pull away from there, closing the set on a 6-0 run to win 25-9 in the opener.
The second set was all EastConn as it jumped ahead 9-0 behind the service of Mckenzie Maneggia. Castleton scored three of the next six points to make it 12-3, but managed just one more point in the middle set as the Warriors closed it out, 25-4.
The Warriors continued to roll in the final set, working in small chunks to put the Spartans away. EastConn did not have a run longer than four points in the frame until the final stretch, as it rattled off five straight points to finish the match 25-8 and complete the 3-0 sweep.
Castleton returns to action Tuesday night at Nichols at 7 p.m.