Women's Volleyball Grabs No. 1 Seed in NECC Playoffs with 3-0 Win at Elms

Women's Volleyball Grabs No. 1 Seed in NECC Playoffs with 3-0 Win at Elms

CHICOPEE, Mass. – For the second-straight year, the Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team will be hosting the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship as it wrapped up the No. 1 seed on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win at Elms College.

                The Mountaineers are now 7-0 in the conference (19-3 overall), while the loss drops Elms to 1-6 in NECC play (3-18 overall).  SVC won with game scores of 25-15, 25-8, 25-14.

                Southern Vermont hit a solid .299 for the match behind nine kills each from senior Ashily Veliz (Los Angeles, Calif.), junior Elaine Guerrero (Garden Grove, Calif.) and senior captain Danielle Healis (Escondido, Calif.), while senior Jessica Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) added eight kills in the winning effort.

                Alvarez was also an impact on the defensive end, notching a match-best 16 digs, followed by an 11-dig effort from senior libero Cindyline Sevilla (Los Angeles, Calif.). Alvarez added five service aces and senior captain Carrie Baltazar (Whittier, Calif.) downed three aces to help secure the win for the Mountaineers.  Baltazar also added 30 assists on the night. 

                Senior outside hitter Christina Martin (Chicopee, Mass.) led all Blazers with four kills and sophomore middle hitter JC Pickett (Chicopee, Mass.) added three kills and team-best 10 digs.

                Sophomore libero Christine Larvey (Greenfield, Mass.) chipped in eight digs and three service aces and senior setter Erika Murphy (Torrington, Conn.) handed out 11 assists in the loss.

                The Mountaineers next look to their weekend tournament at Skidmore College at which they will play New Paltz State and Skidmore Friday night, and then take on Baruch College and Union College on Saturday afternoon.  They wrap up the regular season with Senior Day against Lesley University at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  Elms' season finale comes Saturday with a 1 p.m. match at Becker College in NECC action.