CHICOPEE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College was slighted 3-2 on the road Tuesday night, losing at Elms College's Picknell Arena in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball play.
The Blazers took the first set of the match 25-17 before SVC came back to take the next by a margin of 25-20. Elms took a 2-1 match advantage, winning the third set 25-19, but the Mountaineers stormed back and pushed the contest to a deciding fifth with a 25-6 win in the fourth frame. EC was able to then close out the match, taking the final game of the night 15-11 for the team's first league victory of the year.
Mountaineer senior Jessica Delgado (Los Angeles, California) racked up a match-high 17 kills to go with a team-best 21 digs and four service aces in the loss. Junior Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, California) was right behind on the defensive end with 20 digs and assisted on 13 of the 26 SVC kills. Sophomore Brin Goldman (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) added five kills, seven digs and two service aces in the effort while senior Marykay Pruckno (Rome, New York) popped up nine digs.
Elms junior Alexandra Mack (Wilbraham, Massachusetts) tallied a Blazer-best 12 kills and added 20 digs to her line. Senior Christine Searles (Tolland, Massachusetts) followed with 11 kills and 15 digs while senior libero Caitlyn Larvey (Greenfield, Massachusetts) recorded a match-high 32 digs. Junior setter Shannon Bolton (Shelton, Connecticut) helped run the EC offense with 34 assists to go along with her 19 digs and four service aces.
Southern Vermont out-hit Elms with a .114 hitting percentage compared to EC's .063, but the Blazers owned a 49-26 kill advantage on the night.
Southern Vermont (4-11, 0-2 NECC) continues NECC action on Saturday with a 7 p.m. home tilt against Bay Path College while the Blazers (4-13, 1-1 NECC) look ahead to a Saturday tri-match at Becker College, playing an 11 a.m. conference contest against the Hawks before battling Wentworth Institute of Technology in non-league play at 1 p.m.