BENNINGTON, Vt. – A perfect, undefeated conference season was achieved Sunday afternoon as the Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team defeated visiting Lesley University, 3-0, in the teams' final regular season match.
The Mountaineers were 8-0 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play this season, never dropping a single set in the process; their final overall record is 22-6. The loss brings Lesley to 4-4 in the NECC, 7-14 overall.
SVC won Sunday's match with game scores of 25-6, 25-8, and 25-19.
The Mountaineers also honored seven seniors prior to their final regular season collegiate match on Senior Day.
Southern Vermont took the first two sets in fairly commanding fashion. With the score at 7-3, freshman Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, Calif.) stepped up and served for 11-straight points to push the score to 18-3, eventually winning it 25-8.
In the second set, SVC jumped out to an 8-3 lead, and then proceeded to increase that margin to go up 22-7 before sealing the game at 25-8.
Lesley took a 2-1 lead in the early going of the third set until SVC tied it at three apiece. The Linx were able to even the score three more times, the last being at 7-7. The Mountaineers then slowly took an advantage, but never by more than seven points. Lesley was able to pull within four when the score read 19-15, but SVC continued to play efficiently and wrapped up the match with a 25-19 score.
Mountaineer senior outside hitter Jessica Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) led all players with 11 kills, recording a .304 hitting percentage with four errors on 23 swings. Senior captain Danielle Healis (Escondido, Calif.) had five kills and no errors on nine attempts for a .556 hitting percentage, while Kaleopa helped set up the attack with a match-high 11 assists. Senior libero Vivian Delgado (La Puente, Calif.) carried a match-high 14 digs on the defensive end.
Lesley sophomore Danielle Johnson (Waterford, Conn.) had a team-high five kills on 23 attempts, and sophomore Rachel Frederickson (Marston Mills, Mass.) recorded nine assists. Senior Kaitlyn Miller (Leesport, Pa.) had nine digs on the day, with freshman libero Danielle McDonald (Lilitz, Pa.) and senior Megan Ortwein (Easton, Pa.) right behind with eight and seven, respectively.
The Mountaineers are set to host the NECC semifinals and championship match next Friday and Saturday, as they earned a first-round bye and the No. 1 seed. The will face the winner of either Regis College versus Mitchell College or Lesley against Daniel Webster College. No. 2-seeded Newbury College also received a first-round bye.