Spartans Volleyball had a great weekend displaying their explosive offense and tough defense to sweep their double header against Green Mountain and Bay Path College on Saturday.
“We learned a lot about ourselves in these two games,” head coach Mary Kate Scardillo said. “We are learning still though and will continue to learn all season.”
In the first match against Green Mountain, Castleton put its offense to work compiling a season high 32 kills and a .282 hit percentage. Bridget McCarthy had seven kills and a team high 14 assists for the Spartans and Patrice Herrington had six kills and six aces.
In the first set, the Spartans started out on fire and continued throughout the first set. They scored seven of the first nine points of the set to grab a 7-2 lead. After two more rallies in which six straight points and five more points were scored, Castleton took the first set easily 25-7.
The second set was a more even affair with both teams going back and forth until Castleton went on a streak of scoring ten straight points to take a commanding lead 24-13. Five plays later Castleton finally took the set 25-17 on a kill by Amanda Chambers.
In the third set, Castleton started slow but turned it on when they needed to, with nine straight points the Spartans took a lead they would never relinquish and won the third set 25-16.
“We have a lot of freshman that can play so many different positions,” Scardillo said. “They definitely make us a better team and add depth to our roster.”
The Spartans fared just fine against Bay Path winning in four sets.
“If there is one thing we have to improve is our consistency,” Scardillo said. “We have been going back and forth against most of our opponents we need to be more consistent.
The Spartans play next against Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on September 13th and SUNY Cobleskill on September 18th.
“We won our first two games of the season today we are very happy,” Scardillo said. “We hope that this momentum will carry into next week.”
Following this weekend, the Spartans are now 2-3, which is the first time they have won more than one match since last season after going 1-19.
The Spartans will next face off against Bay Path at Glenbrook Gymnasium on September 13th at 3 p.m.