What a difference a year makes!

The Spartans volleyball team defeated Green Mountain 3-1 in its NAC Quarterfinal match, pushing them into the semifinals against Colby-Sawyer.

            This match improves Castleton to 9-11 overall, a huge comeback after finishing last years season at 1-19. Green Mountain finishes its season at 7-14.

            Castleton dominated the first set just 13-2. The Eagles couldn’t make a comeback as the Spartans finished with a 25-11 victory. However, the Spartans had a more difficult time in the second set, as they allowed a Green Mountain comeback of seven straight points to earn the 25-21 win.

            The Spartans were trailing for majority of the third set, until back-to-back kills by junior Grace Schreiber tied it up at 20. Castleton then fell behind but tied it up again at 22, when Bridget McCarthy followed with a kill and Ruth Tomlinson fired an ace to take back the lead, when an Eagle attack error ended the set and awarded Castleton the victory.

            The fourth set was evenly matched as neither team could gain the early advantage. Castleton fell behind 18-15, until they added three straight to tie the set up once again. Green Mountain gave themselves the 21-19 advantage before another attack error gave the Spartans momentum to go on and score the final seven points of the match.

Schreiber came up huge for the Spartans, hitting .667 with a career high 16 kills on 21 attempts. Nicole Valastro and Amanda Chambers each had seven kills for the Spartans and each made double digit digs.

Green Mountain’s Madison Wage led the offense, hitting .552 with 16 kills.

Castleton now advances to the NAC Semifinals, where they will face the top-seeded Colby-Sawyer, who previously defeated the Spartans 3-0. The teams will face off on Nov. 2.


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