POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont women's volleyball team had a very successful weekend in Upstate New York, going 4-0 in less than 24 hours to win the Victory Promotions Invitational.
On Friday evening, the team traveled to co-host St. Lawrence University for the first leg of the tournament. The Mountaineers went to five sets with St. Lawrence, eventually winning 3-2, before knocking off Plattsburgh State, 3-0, later in the evening.
Saturday morning, Coach Josh Stokes and squad went to Potsdam State where they first took down Potsdam, then SUNY Institute of Technology, both by a 3-0 tally. The Mountaineers are now 7-0 on the season.
Jessica Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) was named to the 2012 Victory Promotions All-Tournament Team for her play throughout the weekend. Coach Josh Stokes said of the tournament, "I am glad we had the opportunity to play very tough competition. We are really starting to put together a cohesive team that supports each other at every level."
St. Lawrence proved to be the toughest competition for the Mountaineers thus far this season, making each of the five sets close and up for grabs. Alvarez led the team with 17 kills; libero Vivian Delgado (La Puente, Calif.) racked up 19 digs on the defensive end, with Cindyline Sevilla (Los Angeles, Calif.) right behind her with 18.
Against Plattsburgh, Alvarez again led the team with 15 kills. Ashily Veliz (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded 11, and Danielle Healis (Escondido, Calif.) added another 10. Junior Carrie Baltazar (Whittier, Calif.) had 39 set assists for the Mountaineers.
On Saturday at Potsdam State, Baltazar had 36 assists, while Delgado had 12 digs. Alvarez totaled 15 kills and 11 digs. When going for the tournament title against SUNYIT, Healis hit for a .667 percentage with six kills and no errors; she only had five total on the weekend in 84 total attempts.
"The team's growth this weekend was exponential and much needed," said Stokes. "This tournament brought out our true colors, and it was an excellent result." The Mountaineers next see action on Thursday when they host Western New England for a 7:00 p.m. match.