Mountaineers to Meet Eagles in Semi-Final Match-Up

BENNINGTON, Vt.- The past two New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) regular season Women's Volleyball champions will meet in the 2011 semi-final match, Friday evening at the Mountaineer Athletic Center. The match will feature the 2010 regular season champion Daniel Webster Eagles, and the 2011 champion, and host, Southern Vermont College Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers enter Friday's semi-final as the number one seed, as the team surpassed school and program high's with 29 wins. SVC went a perfect 8-0 in NECC play, and didn't drop a single set throughout the 2011 campaign. The Eagles enter the conference final four as the fourth seed, with a 5-3 NECC record and 16-8 record overall.

"We have to focus on one point at a time," said SVC's Head Coach Josh Stokes.

Daniel Webster hosted Lesley University Tuesday evening and won the first round match 3-0. The Eagles, Chelsey Crawford hit for a .571 hitting percentage in the match, as DWC won 25-20, 25-18, and 25-15. 

The two teams are familiar with each other as they met less than a week ago in Nashua. Southern Vermont won by scores of 25-9, 25-12, and 25-15. Junior, Jessica Alvarez led the Mountaineers with 16 kills on 27 attacks. Middle, Danielle Healis hit .312 in the match for the 2011 regular season champions. Alvarez finished the regular season as the All-Time career leader in kills for Southern Vermont with 382.

The Mountaineers have also been led by senior captains Joanna Hogue and Hershey Canta. Hogue, a libero led a tough Mountaineer defense with 315 digs. Meanwhile, Canta, the SVC setter set record marks with 717 assists.

The Eagles will look to end Southern Vermont's 20 match win streak in the semi-finals. However, DWC will have to end the Mountaineers 45 consecutive sets won streak first.