LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College women's volleyball team advanced to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinal match after defeating Castleton University (9-13, 3-5 NAC) 3-0 Saturday afternoon in the Stannard Gymnasium. The Hornets (11-9, 5-3 NAC) will face top-seeded Maine Maritime Academy (20-7, 7-0 NAC) in Castine, Maine on Friday, November 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Senior Abbey Greene (Exeter, R.I.) led the Hornet offense with 11 kills while adding eight digs. Senior Kelleigh Murtagh (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded a match-high of 13 digs. Senior Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.) finished with 19 assists, four kills, three aces, and eight digs. In the third set, Stahl eclipsed the 1,000 assist mark, finishing the match at 1,002 total assists over her four year career.
Senior Cassidy Tedeschi (Pascoag, R.I.) registered a match-high 12 kills with three aces and eight digs. Senior Alex Madsen (Averill Park, N.Y.) controlled the Spartan offense with a match-high 24 assists while sophomore Jess Grace (Pottstown, Penn.) tallied 10 digs.
The Hornets jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the start of the opening set, but the Spartans came back to tie it at 12-12. The Hornets took another lead 16-13 before the Spartans rallied for their first lead of the afternoon, taking an 18-16 lead to force a Lyndon timeout. The timeout refocused the Hornets as they put the pressure back on the Spartans and won the set 25-21.
Lyndon took a 4-1 lead to start the second set but Castleton refused to let the set get away from them, keeping the score close throughout the set. Castleton was able to tie it up and take a 21-20 lead. Lyndon took the lead back but were unable to pull away as the score became tied up again at 24-24. A kill from Greene and a Castleton error gave the set to Lyndon 26-24.
With a 2-0 advantage going into the third set, the Hornets took the first lead again at 4-1. However, the Spartans stayed tight with them as they tied it up 5-5. The third set saw 15 ties as neither team could put more than a few consecutive points together. The Spartans looked as if they were going to push the match to a fourth set with a 23-20 lead, but the Hornets closed the gap and served for match point at 24-23. After trading points, the Spartans scored two straight points, serving for set point at 26-25. The Hornets tallied three straight points on a kill by Greene, an ace by Faith Richard (Acushnet, Mass.), and an error by Castleton to win the set 28-26, taking the match 3-0.