BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team remains undefeated in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play after a sweeping win at Mitchell College Saturday evening.
The Mountaineers improved to 5-0 in the NECC (17-1 overall), while the Mariners moved to 3-2 in the conference (6-9 overall).
Southern Vermont's attack was led by Jessica Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) who hit a match-high .444 on 27 attempts, registering 17 kills. Senior captain Carrie Baltazar (Whittier, Calif.) helped set up the Mountaineer offense, assisting 17 of the team's 33 kills.
Already ahead 10-5 in the first set, the Mountaineers pulled away behind a serving spree by Cindyline Sevilla (Los Angeles, Calif.). She served for eight straight points, including four aces, to stretch the SVC lead to 18-5. Alvarez had six kills in the set while Elaine Guerrero (Garden Grove, Calif.) added three.
Baltazar served Southern Vermont out to a 6-0 lead to start the second stanza. The Mountaineers quickly pushed the lead to double digits with Sevilla on serve and never looked back, holding the Mariners to just eight points in the set.
The duo of Baltazar and Alvarez sparked SVC to a 5-0 lead in the third set, with the former serving for four points while the latter put down three kills. Alvarez finished with six kills in the set while Danielle Healis (Escondido, Calif.) added three.
Seniors Ariana Thomas (Fresno, Calif.) and Kendra Erskine (Bronx, N.Y.) and junior Gloria Charles (New Haven, Conn.) recorded three kills apiece for the Mariners. Erskine also added a pair of blocks while Charles had one.
The Mountaineers next prepare for their big non-conference matchup against Williams College at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home, while the Mariners resume conference play with an 8 p.m. match at Newbury on Tuesday.