Southern Vermont Tops Eastern Nazarene 3-1 to Clinch NECC Championship

Southern Vermont Tops Eastern Nazarene 3-1 to Clinch NECC Championship

QUINCY, Mass.- Southern Vermont captured the 2018 New England Collegiate Conference Tournament title with a 3-1 win over Eastern Nazarene Sunday afternoon at the Lahue Physical Education Center.

The top-seeded Lions finish the season 20-7 overall with the result. The third-seeded Mountaineers improve to 21-6 and earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Southern Vermont was led by NECC Tournament MVP Liv Sowles with 28 kills along with all-tournament team honorees Sarah Baty with 44 assists and 12 digs and Heidy Benitez with 38 digs.

Ruth Aguilar (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and Courtney McCarthy (Merrimack, N.H.) were both selected to the NECC All-Tournament Team.

Aguilar posted a triple-double with 21 digs, 20 assists, and 12 kills on the day. McCarthy finished with 16 kills and 19 digs.

The visitors seized a 1-0 lead after capturing the opening set 25-21.

Southern Vermont stretched its advantage to 2-0 with a narrow 25-23 decision in the second frame.

Eastern Nazarene clawed back into the match with a 25-14 win in the third to cut the deficit to 2-1. The home side rattled off the final eight points of the set to get on the board.

In the fourth set, the Lions fell behind 19-10 before battling back with nine unanswered points to grab a 23-22 edge. The Mountaineers chalked up back-to-back points to take a 24-23 lead. Eastern

Nazarene fought off match-point three times before Southern Vermont scored the final two points to close out the match and clinch its fourth NECC title.

 

2018 NECC Women's Volleyball MVP

Liv Sowles, Southern Vermont 

 

2018 NECC Women's Volleyball All-Tournament Team 

Dakota Stewart, Elms College

Tihani Ehia, New England College

Courtney McCarthy, Eastern Nazarene College

Ruth Aguilar, Eastern Nazarene College

Heidy Benitez, Southern Vermont College

Sarah Baty, Southern Vermont College