WESTON, Mass. – The Southern Vermont women's volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) with a 3-0 win Thursday night at Regis (Mass.). The Mountaineers are now 14-1 overall on the season, while the Pride fall to 6-14 overall, 0-2 in the NECC.
SVC won in fairly commanding fashion, taking the sets by scores of 25-16, 25-7, and 25-3.
Mountaineer seniors Jessica Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Danielle Healis (Escondido, Calif.) committed no errors on the night, recording eight and five kills on 15 and 12 attempts, respectively. Senior Ashily Veliz (Los Angeles, Calif.) led both teams with a match-high nine kills.
Alvarez led the match with 11 digs, while senior libero Cindyline Sevilla (Los Angeles, Calif.) accounted for another 10. The Pride's sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bliss (Framingham, Mass.) led Regis with eight digs, while sophomore Sara Casullo (Little Falls, N.Y.) and junior Sara Gold (North Hollywood, Calif.) each added seven to the stat sheet.
Head coach Josh Stokes said of the victory, "We rebounded to pick up the momentum against a scrappy team who gave us troubles and wouldn't allow the ball to drop in. We sped up our offense and created more success. I'm glad that we were able to pick up the pace."
Southern Vermont collectively tallied only six errors in the match for a .388 hitting percentage. Alvarez led all percentages with a .533. Freshman Sarah Graham (Moreno Valley, Calif.) finished with two assisted blocks, one solo block and a kill.
The Mountaineers get right back to NECC play with a 2 p.m. match on Saturday at home versus Daniel Webster College. The Pride look to their 12 p.m. match on Saturday when they visit Bay Path College.