Volleyball falls in NAC Semi’s

After a huge improvement in regular season play, the women’s volleyball team lost its NAC semifinal game against No. 1 Colby-Sawyer in three straight sets.

CSC senior Nicole Valastro led the Spartans defensively with nine digs.

Offensively, the Spartans were only able to make nine kills on the night, with freshman Amanda Chambers making five of them.

Colby-Sawyer continued on in the tournament to win the NAC against Maine Maritime in another three straight sets. After moving on to the NCAA tournament, the Chargers lost first round against No. 17 SUNY Cortland.

The Spartans end their season 9-12 overall, 4-3 in the NAC.

“Overall, our season was much improved and very positive,” Castleton coach Mary Kate Scardillo, said. This is Scardillo’s second season with the team.

“We competed at a much higher level both in and out of the conference,” Scardillo said.

This was the Spartans first winning conference record since 2009, and the first time they won a postseason contest since 2010.

Last season, the Spartans went 1-19 in regular season, and 0-7 in conference.

As the Spartans look to keep moving forward, they will also be returning 11 of 13 players.

“It will be exciting with the returning experience of so many players, and hopefully a strong incoming class,” Scardillo says. The Spartans look to compete further in the NAC next season.


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