Volleyball digging for a groove

After struggling for the first half of the season the women’s volleyball team finally
dug deep and pulled out its first two wins of the season Sunday Sept. 19 improving
their overall record to 2-4.On Saturday Sept. 18 the Spartans fell to both Anna Maria and Colby Sawyer 3-0. But the they quickly bounced back on Sunday when they defeated Southern Vermont. In match one Castleton was down two sets to none, but the Spartans never gave up and went on to defeat the Mountaineers 3-2. From there, Castleton wouldn’t look back as they kept their momentum going right into match two beating Curry 3-1.

A couple major factors in the volleyball team’s struggles is team chemistry and leadership according to head coach Bethany Torrice.

“It will take a little while for the girls to get used to playing with one another and then things will start clicking for us,” Torrice said. “We are missing that solid core of leadership that we had in our senior class last year.”

According to freshman standout Chelsea Schlosser the team is finally starting to come together as one unit.

“This past weekend we worked as a team on the court, not just individuals playing volleyball together,”Schlosser said. “We all have a great passion for the sport and a great bond between each other.”

Schlosser went on to say that after the two defeats on Saturday the team, with a little encouragement from the coaching staff, was determined to come out on top the next day.

“Our team finally had the moment where we clicked and came together to come out on top for both games the second day,” Schlosser said.

Schlosser strongly believes the team will be ready to compete when it comes time for conference play.

“As long as we keep up the hard work and determination,I know we will excel,” Schlosser said.

Torrice agrees and is very optimistic about the remainder of the season.

“We start out conference play against the two best teams in the league so that will be tough,” Torrice said. ” But I expect us to be at the top half of the standings again this season.”

Castleton begins conference play Saturday Oct. 2 at Glenbrook Gym where they will face Husson and defending NAC champions Maine Maritime.

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