Eagles Fall in Cross Town Rivalry to Spartans

Bryanna Hopple (13) engineers an attack with her set against Castleton.
Bryanna Hopple (13) engineers an attack with her set against Castleton.

POULTNEY, Vt. – Returning to North Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday night, the Green Mountain College women's volleyball team came away on the losing end of a 3-0 decision to Castleton University. The Eagles were beaten by scores of 25-22, 25-20, and 25-16. 

The win elevated the Spartans' overall record to 5-10 and earned the team its first conference win against two losses. The loss sent the Eagles' overall mark to 3-10 on the season while their conference record slipped to 0-3. 

The Spartans were led by Kimberly Jackson who hit at a .111 clip putting down six kills and registered a solo block and nine digs. Shannon Manchester and Greta Hoehn each supplemented the offense with five and three kills, respectively. Jess Grace and Meghan Zawatsky led the defense effort for the Spartans with 11 and ten digs between them. Maria Jackson steered the offense with 15 assists. 

Estela Felix Almeida (South Gate, Calif.) led all Eagle hitters with a game-high ten kills while digging up twelve attacks. Sharena Armstrong (St. Thomas, V.I.) hammered down eight attacks while Madison Wheeler (Lyndeborough, N.H.) notched a trio of kills along with eight digs. Caroline Gay (West Palm Beach, Fla.) contributed to the defensive effort with 11 digs while Bryanna Hopple (Shippensburg, Pa.) directed the offense with her 17 assists. 

Green Mountain will face College of St. Joseph's in its next matchup on Wednesday at 7 p.m.