Southern Vermont Sweeps Newbury 3-0 for Third-straight Win

Southern Vermont Sweeps Newbury 3-0 for Third-straight Win

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College tallied its second-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball sweep on Saturday as the Mountaineers defeated Newbury College 3-0 at Hellenic College.

SVC took the match with set scores of 25-18, 26-24, and 25-12.

The Mountaineers (4-16, 2-1 NECC) are back at home for their next match as Southern Vermont hosts Elms College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. NECC contest. Saturday's win gives the team its first three-game winning streak since September of 2014.

Junior libero Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) popped up a match-high 32 digs for SVC—that being a season-best for the Mountaineer in a three-set match. Classmate and captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied a contest-leading 13 kills while adding 14 digs, four aces, and two block assists to her line; that was her sixth double-double of the year.

Southern Vermont freshman Nikki Ramirez (West Covina, Calif.) had nine kills, 11 digs, and three service aces in the win as sophomore Abigail Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) chalked up 25 assists, eight digs, and two aces. Bennington College freshman Kemly Derby (New York City, N.Y.) had six kills, two digs, and a pair of aces for SVC.

Newbury jumped out to a 6-1 lead early in the opening set, but the Mountaineers came back with a 10-2 run to seize the upper hand; Sowles had three aces in that stretch, and she also had a kill in addition to one from both Benitez and Ramirez. NC would tie it at 11-11—only to see Southern Vermont take eight of the next 10 to go back in front with three Ramirez kills. After the Nighthawks scored five unanswered to get back within one, SVC closed it out with six straight for the game victory; Ramirez served up three aces in that surge while Sowles provided a pair of kills.

The second set was a back-and-forth battle in the onset with neither team leading by more than one until the visitors went ahead 9-7. They would use a 5-1 spurt—which included a pair of Sowles kills—for some breathing room, but NC stormed back with a 13-2 run to take a six-point advantage. Southern Vermont responded and won the next five behind three Derby kills—only to see the Nighthawks push it to set-point just a couple serves later. Down 24-22, the Mountaineers then rattled off four-straight with two Sowles kills to come from behind and take the frame.

A pair of Sowles kills and two SVC service aces gave the visitors a 7-2 lead to start the third, but Newbury would trim its deficit to get within two. That would be the closest the Nighthawks would be for the rest of the day, however, as Southern Vermont grabbed the momentum and took to a 13-2 run; Ramirez and Derby each had a pair of kills in that time while Landon and Benitez landed an ace apiece. Points were traded late in the set before Mountaineer senior captain Julia Florence (Salem, Mass.) put down a final kill to end the match.