MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team dropped its second match of the week, losing 3-1 at Wesleyan University (Conn.) Friday night.
Wesleyan (7-12, 1-8 NESCAC) won the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-22, before the Mountaineers (17-3, 5-0 NECC) won the third with a 25-15 score. The Cardinals then fought back after being down in the fourth game with a 25-21 win to seal the match.
Wesleyan pulled out to a 16-11 edge in the opening set, and extended the margin to as many as eight, 21-13. The Mountaineers got as close as three at 24-21 before the Cardinals closed it out on a kill by junior Kim Farris (Atlanta, Ga.). Farris led the Cardinals with 12 kills on the night. Wesleyan again pulled ahead in the second set, leading 12-8, and by as many as five, 20-15, but again Southern Vermont narrowed the gap, closing to 24-22, before another Farris kill put Wesleyan up, 2-0, with the 25-22 victory.
The third set was all Southern Vermont as the Mountaineers moved out to a quick 5-2 lead and never trailed in gaining a 19-13 edge. Southern Vermont finished on a 6-2 run to wrap up the 25-15 decision. The fourth set saw Wesleyan recover from a 10-5 deficit with a 7-1 run to grab a 12-11 lead. Freshman Abby Southam (Santa Monica, Calif.) broke a 13-13 tie with a kill, giving Wesleyan the lead for good. It started a 6-1 run that spotted the home squad a 19-14 lead. A 7-3 run by the visitors cut the difference to 22-21. Wesleyan then scored the final three points on an attack error and a pair of blocks, with Southam and Farris both involved in the blocks.
SVC senior Jessica Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) led all players with 14 kills with teammate Danielle Healis (Escondido, Calif.) right behind with 13; Farris led the Cardinals with 12. Healis recorded a match-best .550 hitting percentage, having only two errors on 20 attempts.
Wesleyan was able to weather the Southern Vermont attack with 18 block assists and another solo; Southam led all players with seven block assists.
Both teams take back to the courts on Saturday with the Mountaineers playing in a tri-match at Newbury College, also playing Clark University (Mass.), while the Cardinals host a tri-match featuring Western New England University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.