NEWTON, Mass. – Bouncing back after a tough weekend, the Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team won 3-1 on the road Monday evening at Mount Ida College in non-conference action, the first ever meeting between the two programs.
The Mountaineers took the first set 25-16 before Mount Ida evened the match with a 25-22 second frame victory. SVC was able to edge out a 25-23 win in the third game and then closed out the night with a 25-17 victory in the fourth.
Southern Vermont senior Jessica Delgado (Los Angeles, California) led all players with 16 kills, adding 11 digs and five service aces in the win. Sophomore Brin Goldman (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) notched a match-high 16 digs to go with her six kills and two aces, and senior Katie Cerulo (Natick, Massachusetts) recorded nine kills, 10 digs and four aces.
Mountaineer junior setter Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, California) assisted on 26 of the 30 SVC kills while chipping in defensively with 12 digs and serving up three aces. Senior Marykay Pruckno (Rome, New York) helped in the effort with seven digs on the night.
Mount Ida was led offensively by sophomore Kellie Schroeder (North Grafton, Massachusetts) who put down 11 kills while four Mustangs notched at least 10 digs apiece. Junior Kelcey Koolman (Bedford, New Hampshire) tallied a team-best 12 digs and added two kills, and senior Nicole Peixoto (New Bedford, Massachusetts) had 10 digs to go with her match-high 33 assists.
The Mustangs seemed to be in good form to start the match, racing out to a 5-0 lead, only to have the Mountaineers come back to tie the match at seven on consecutive service aces by Delgado. Mount Ida re-took the lead at 10-8, but Cerulo served a 9-0 run that reclaimed the edge for Southern Vermont. A kill and a service ace by Goldman helped to close out the first set.
The next game was more evenly balanced, with Mount Ida using a service ace and a kill by Koolman to fight back and tie the match at one.
The Mountaineers opened the third set with an 11-5 advantage before a kill by Mary Kate Reidy (Agawam, Mass.), one of seven in the match, stopped the spurt. Mount Ida would tie the match at 20 and use a kill by Schroeder to get their noses in front, but at 23-21, a kill by Delgado, service ace by Kaleopa, and two Mustang errors sent the visitors to a 2-1 match lead.
Trying to force a deciding set, Mount Ida held an 11-9 advantage before a 12-4 run by the visitors put them in the driver's seat to finish the match. Goldman had a pair of kills for SVC as it grabbed a 23-15 advantage, and the Mountaineers closed the door on a service and attacking error from the Green and White.
The Mountaineers (2-3) are off until Sunday when they travel to Castleton State College for a tri-match with the Spartans (11 a.m.) and Lyndon State College (1 p.m.). Mound Ida (3-7) is next at Mitchell College on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. tilt.