BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball began its 2012 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) schedule on Tuesday evening in the Mountaineer Athletic Center at SVC. In the first of their three conference matches this week, the Mountaineers knocked off visiting Becker College, 3-0.
Southern Vermont moves to 13-1 overall, 1-0 in the NECC, while Becker falls to 1-14, 0-2 in conference.
The Mountaineers went into the match with a focus on limiting their hitting errors, and that focus showed immediately. SVC took the first set 25-5 while not committing a single error on 11 attempts. The Mountaineers continued their efficient hitting, winning the next two games by scores of 25-6 and 25-3. Again, they had no errors in the third set for a .600 hitting percentage; they finished with an overall percentage of .545, totaling only three errors on 44 attempts.
Mountaineer senior Ashily Veliz (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the match with nine kills, while Hawk senior Joanna Slomiak (Brockton, Mass.) led her team with three digs on the defensive side.
SVC coach Josh Stokes said, "It's a good way to start conference play."
The Mountaineers continue NECC play when they travel to Regis (Mass.) for a 6 p.m. match on Thursday, a contest originally slated for September 29th. Becker next looks to a tri-match next Monday at Mass. Maritime, competing against the Buccaneers and the Trailblazers of MCLA.