BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College took down visiting Bay Path College in straight sets Saturday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball play at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC took the match with game scores of 25-19, 26-24, and 25-22.
Mountaineer senior Jessica Delgado (Los Angeles, California) recorded a match-high 13 kills to go along with a team-best 16 digs; she had only two attacking errors on 49 swings for a .224 hitting percentage on the night. Sophomore Brin Goldman (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) followed with 10 kills and nine digs while senior Alexandra Sinicropi (Fultonville, New York) registered six kills and eight digs. Junior Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, California) assisted on 23 of the 31 SVC kills, adding 10 digs and three service aces to her line.
Junior Elizabeth Haylette (Terryville, Connecticut) led the Wildcats with 12 kills and notched 14 digs on the defensive end. Senior libero Kacie Bayruether (East Lyme, Connecticut) tallied a match-best 18 digs, and freshman Lauren Vallee (Bristol, Connecticut) added six kills, 13 digs and four service aces in the effort. Sophomore setter Aaliyah Gordon (Springfield, Massachusetts) had 22 assists on the night.
Neither side had a big advantage in the kill column with SVC edging Bay Path 31-29. The Wildcats, however, popped up 68 digs compared to the Mountaineers' 52.
Southern Vermont jumped out to a 10-3 lead to open the match before BPC took four of the next five to make it an 11-7 affair. The Mountaineers continued to take advantage of Wildcat errors and once again stretched the lead until it stood at 18-9. Bay Path didn't go down without a fight, taking the eight of the next 10 points, including five straight, to close it to 20-17. SVC used a pair of kills to grab three in-a-row and make it 24-18 before eventually closing out the frame with a Goldman kill.
The second set started off similarly with SVC taking the first six points, but Bay Path was once again resilient to cut the Mountaineer lead to 7-4. At that point, Southern Vermont went on a 10-1 run to jump out to a 17-5 lead and looked to take the game with ease. After another three-straight SVC points made it a 20-8 host advantage, Bay Path started to rack up the points with a 13-2 run of its own on the help of five kills and four service aces, closing it to 23-21. The two sides traded points until the Wildcats tied it at 24-24, but SVC wrapped it up with a BPC service error and a Sinicropi kill to take a 2-0 match lead.
Game three saw Bay Path start out with a handful of leads as the teams went back-and-forth with the early points. 13-13 would be the last time the match was tied as the Mountaineers took the next three points for an advantage they would not relinquish. The Wildcats threatened to extend the contest, staying within five points through the remainder of the match. Bay Path cut it to 24-22, but Delgado then came up and slammed home the game-winning kill for Southern Vermont to grab its first conference win of the season.
Both teams are back in action on Wednesday with 7 p.m. league contests, the Mountaineers (5-11, 1-2 NECC) hosting Becker College while Bay Path (3-14, 0-3 NECC) visits Daniel Webster College.