CASTLETON, Vt. — In the first of two non-conference meetings between the teams, the Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team fell 3-0 at Castleton University Thursday night.
The Spartans (2-2) took the match with set scores of 25-15, 25-16, and 25-17.
Southern Vermont (1-1) now turns to a Saturday tri-match at SUNY Cobleskill where it takes on Cazenovia College at 3 p.m. and then the hosting Fighting Tigers at 5 p.m. SVC welcomes Castleton to the Mountaineer Athletic Center on Tuesday, October 20 (7 p.m.).
Mountaineer junior Brin Goldman (Christiansted, Virgin Islands) led all players with match-highs of 10 kills and 14 digs for the double-double. Freshman Alycia Stevens (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) followed with seven kills and nine digs while classmate Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburgh, Fla.) added eight digs and three kills. Senior setter Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, Calif.) facilitated the Southern Vermont offense with a match-high 18 assists, racking up seven digs on the defensive side of things.
The early part of the opening set saw the teams trade points with Goldman tallying her fourth kill to tie things at 9-9. Castleton was able to pull back in front and hold a small cushion, going up 16-12 and forcing an SVC timeout. The Spartans took the next three out of the stoppage for six straight points, and the hosts carried their lead to the 25-15 victory.
With the score knotted at 2-2 in the second set, Castleton tallied nine straight with the help of five service aces for an 11-2 advantage. Goldman would tally another three kills, and Southern Vermont then rallied for eight straight points behind three more from Stevens to close the deficit to 24-16. A Mountaineer service error, however, ended the run to give the Spartans the 2-0 lead in the match.
SVC stayed close in the beginning of the third frame, a Stevens kill making it 6-5 in favor of the hosts. Castleton would once again bounce on top, six straight points giving the team a commanding lead. The Mountaineers won three straight to set the score at 22-16, but the Spartans were able to end the set on a 3-1 stretch to take the contest.