Stingy Mountaineers Fly Past Eagles

BENNINGTON, Vt.- The Southern Vermont College Women's Volleyball team was back in action Wednesday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center. The Mountaineers held Green Mountain College to seven total kills en route to a 3-0 win. SVC won in straight sets 25-13, 25-6, and 25-12.

"We definitely have a group that does not allow the ball to touch the floor. We were in hot pursuit of a few balls that were going into the crowd, yet we still brought them back," said Head Coach Josh Stokes about another impressive performance from his defense.

For the first twenty points of the match Green Mountain gave SVC fits keeping the score tied at 10. Megan O'Keefe kept the Eagles in the game with three kills in the early going. The Mountaineers then rallied off eight straight points while Jessica Alvarez was serving to take a commanding 18-10 lead.

"We have a group that is still learning about each other. We have started slow in each of our first games but we always find a way to finish strong," said Stokes. "I'm glad that even though we started slow, we found a way to get everyone in the game." The Mountaineers have only lost five sets all season however, three of those have come in the first set.

In game two, Southern Vermont started much quicker, as they jumped out to an early 16-0 lead behind, 2010 NCAA aces per set leader, Hershey Canta. Canta finished the match with six aces. Green Mountain Head Coach Bethany Torrice  tried to stop the Mountaineers run with a time out at 6-0; but it didn't help as SVC ran off another ten straight points.

 In the final set Green Mountain kept the score close again until 13-10 when SVC finished the match with a 12-2 run. Senior captain Joanna Hogue put an exclamation point on the game with a kill to improve the Mountaineers to 7-1 in the 2011 campaign.

Danielle Healis continued her tremendous play with 11 kills on 17 attempts for the match. Canta also led the Mountaineers with five kills on eight swings, and 17 assists. Alvarez and Alicia Manzo each had five kills as Rita Hall converted four of her 10 attacks.

Jennifer Seredjko led Green Mountain with five assists as Chanleigh Casey had seven digs and three kills for the Eagles. Green Mountain falls to 1-1 with the loss.

Southern Vermont will travel to Potsdam, NY this weekend for the Promotions Invitational Tournament. They will take on St. Lawrence, Plattsburgh St., Potsdam, and SUNYIT.