Potsdam, NY- Friday afternoon, Southern Vermont College Women's Volleyball will enter the NCAA Division III tournament at Clarkson University. The Women's Volleyball team is the first Women's program at the school to play in the NCAA's and only the second team in school history. Southern Vermont will take on the Cortland St. Red Dragons at 5:30PM.
The Mountaineers will enter the tournament with a school record 31 wins and only two losses. SVC has won 22 straight matches and 51 consecutive sets. The sets mark is the third longest streak in NCAA history. Southern Vermont went 8-0 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play and was the first team to go undefeated in not only matches but also in sets. The Mountaineers claimed the NECC tournament crown when they won six straight sets a weekend ago.
SVC is led by senior captains Joanna Hogue * (Los Gatos, CA) and Hershey Canta (Bataan, Philippines). Hogue a libero, in just two seasons has set a school record in digs. She also is a two time NECC Defensive Player of the Year, as she was named the 2011 recipient Monday. Canta has also put her name in the record books with 1,320 assists in two seasons. The Philippines native has 772 assists in 2011, another SVC record.
Canta has set the big three for the Mountaineers all year long. The big three, being NECC Player of the Year Jessica Alvarez (Eagle Rock, CA), and NECC first team members Danielle Healis (San Diego, CA), and Alicia Manzo (Clovis, CA). Alvarez had 399 kills to lead the Mountaineer attack. Healis was consistent for SVC all season with a .409 hitting percentage. Manzo added 244 kills, and led Southern Vermont from the service line with 92 aces.
Roxy Domines (Los Angeles, CA), Vivian Delgado (La Puenta, CA), and Cindyline Sevilla (Echo Park, CA) also will play a major role if SVC is to upset SUNY Cortland. Domines had 103 kills and 206 assists, while Sevilla averaged a kill per set. Delgado was the Mountaineers defensive specialist in 2011 with 241 digs.
The Mountaineers will face its toughest competition yet, when they face up against the Red Dragons who are 39-1. Cortland enters the regional as the number one seed and ranked 18th in the latest AVCA poll. The two teams common opponent in 2011 is Ithaca. Southern Vermont beat Ithaca 3-0 while Cortland beat Ithaca twice, 3-0 and 3-2.
The winner of Friday's quarter-final will play Saturday in the regional semi-final against the winner of host Clarkson and Nazareth.