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Lyndon rallies past Castleton in quad-match finale

Lyndon rallies past Castleton in quad-match finale

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Lyndon came back from a 2-1 deficit to record a hard-fought 3-2 match victory over Castleton in a North Atlantic Conference quad-match Saturday at Stannard Gymnasium.

The Hornets and Spartans renewed their long-standing rivalry in grand fashion as all game where decided by five points or less. Lyndon won the battle by set scores of 21-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22 and 15-10.

"We knew playing Castleton would be a do-or-die situation," explained head Coach Sean Fisher as the hornets are now in a three-way tie for the final two conference playoff berths. "We did a great job of controlling the ball, were aggressive when we could be and played very smart down the stretch.

Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.) turned in an outstanding all-around performance, collecting 12 kills, 11 assist, four service aces, 15 digs and three blocks in the match. Teammate Laura Drake (Hinsdale, Mass.) chipped in 10 kills, 24 assists, two aces and 20 digs. Joy Piper (Belmont, N.H.), who was honored along with fellow senior Ariel Wright (Belmont, N.H.) for their four years of service to the Hornet program, had 10 kills, in her final home game.

"Joy and Ariel have been great for the program," said Fisher. "Joy brought a defensive presence we needed and she's always been one of the top blockers per set in the conference. Her block led us to match point which was fitting for the occasion.

"Ariel, on the other hand, played her role well. She was always a positive person and gave us 100 percent every day. When it came to getting things done within the program, we could always count on her."

Cassidy Tedeschi had 14 kills and seven blocks for Castleton (9-13, 3-3) and Kaylee Pratt added 13 kills in the loss. Michaela Babineau handed out 22 assists while the tandem of Amanda Chambers and Kristi Lawless had 22 and 20 digs, respectively.

Earlier in the day, Lyndon fell 3-0 to Colby-Sawyer, who finished its NAC season with a perfect 6-0 record. The Chargers won the match by set scores of 25-16, 25-13 and 25-12.

Stephanie Vecchio led Colby-Sawyer with 17 kills and teammate Gabrielle Rodriguez had 10. Kelsey Sullivan had four assists, Lexi Strong had 13 digs and Laura Smolinski dished out 30 assists.

Piper and Abbey Greene (Exeter, R.I.) had four kills each for Lyndon (7-12, 3-3) and Drake had 10 assists to go along with eight digs.