BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team was dealt its first loss of the season, losing to Keene State College in five sets, 3-2.
The Mountaineers (10-1) went up early and put away the Owls (7-8) in the opening game, 25-10. Keene State was not willing to give up so easily and battled hard to lost the second set by a close margin, 25-22.
Keene State came out in the third with and up-paced tempo and went up early, eventually winning the set 25-14. The Owls carried that momentum into the fourth, sending the match to the final set with a 25-17 win.
The fifth game was close throughout, with neither team being able to pull away from the other. Keene battled back from five match points to get the upper hand, finally closing out the set, 20-18.
Mountaineer senior captain Danielle Healis (Escondido, Calif.) had another very efficient game, hitting .455 on 22 attack attempts; she only recorded one hitting error on the night. The SVC defense saw five players have double-digit digs, with senior Jessica Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) leading the way at 22.
Keene State's Catherine Kazazian (Merrimack, N.H.) had a very strong game, hitting .556 with 10 kills and no errors on 18 swings. Freshman setter Alexis Michal (Windham, N.H.) had 26 assists in the match, with sophomore Sammy Dormio (Leesburg, Va.) notching 24 digs.
Southern Vermont opens New England Collegiate Conference play with a 1 p.m. match on Saturday at Regis (Mass.) The Owls next play in a tri-match Saturday at Roger Williams University (4 p.m.), taking on the University of New England in their first match (2 p.m.).