CASTLETON, Vt. – The Lyndon volleyball team came out on the short end of two tough losses Saturday at a tri-match held at Castleton State's Glenbrook Gym. The Hornets dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 (30-32, 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 13-15) decision to Southern Vermont before falling 3-0 (14-25, 18-25, 26-28) to the host Spartans.
The Mountaineers needed all five sets to defeat the Hornets. Southern Vermont came back from the edge of defeat to win 32-30 in the opening set and followed it with a 25-22 victory to go ahead 2-0. However, Lyndon countered with an impressive 25-18 win in set three and then took the fourth 25-20 to force one final set to 15.
It was the Mountaineers who made the plays as they jumped out to an early lead and held on for the 15-13 win.
Jessica Delgado was the focus of the offense, recording an impressive 71 attacks while registering 25 kills and hitting .338. She added 18 digs and five aces in the match as well.
Brin Goldman served as the team's primary setter, dishing off 22 assists to go along with 16 digs and six kills. Alexandra Sinicropi chipped in with 21 digs, 13 assists, six aces and eight kills in the win.
Abbey Green (Exeter, R.I.) led the Hornet attack with 16 kills and eight digs while Laura Drake (Hinsdale, Mass.) recorded a double-double of 14 digs and 13 kills. Kelleigh Murtagh (Merrimack, N.H.) led the defensive effort with 22 digs and also had eight kills.
In the nightcap, the Spartans hit .257 with 14 kills to take the opening set 25-14 and then fought off an early deficit to take the second set 25-18 over the Hornets. The third set was back-and-forth in its entirety, until a little run put Castleton on the edge of victory at 24-21.
Lyndon responded with the next three points, but eventually the Spartans took the win with a Hornet service error and an ace from Brittany Brayman for the 28-26 win.
Brayman had, with 13 kills, 13 digs and three aces in the win. Amanda Chambers, meanwhile, put forth her second strong effort with eight kills and 15 digs. Michaela Babineau dished off a team-high 19 assists and had eight digs while Kristi Lawless added 13 digs.
Lyndon recorded just 24 kills, led by Green with six, though she hit -0.077. Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.) led the team with 14 digs, nine assists and added five kills while Drake had 11 kills and eight assists.
The Hornets (2-7) return to action Tuesday when they face arch-rival Johnson State on the road at 7 p.m.