While the outdoor sports usually steal the thunder in the fall, the Castleton volleyball team is quietly having quite a season. Led by second-year head coach Robert “Kip” Dalury, the Spartans are already making critics forget about last year’s disastrous 2-13 record and have a chance to contend for the conference title. Most of the women on the team are seniors, giving Dalury an experienced squad.
Castleton had a record of 5-3 going into last week’s games, all road games.
In the first game against Lyndon State, they lost two of the first three sets of the game. But led by the freshmen attack of Jamie Lemieux and Samantha Grisso, the Spartans won the final two sets for a 3-2 victory. Lemieux had 25 kills and six aces, while Grisso had 31 assists, eight kills and seven aces in a winning effort.
After the comeback win against Lyndon, the Spartan women traveled to Bay Path College to face both Bay Path and Lesley College.
In the first match-up, after the teams split the first two sets, the Spartans finally got in their groove and won the next two sets 30-27 and 30-23, giving them another win.
Castleton would lose their momentum during the second game of the day against Lesley. From the start of the game, the Spartans seemed to be fatigued from playing moments earlier and were swept 3-0.
The Castleton volleyball team now has a record of 7-4.