BENNINGTON, Vt. – In a tightly-contested New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball match, Southern Vermont College defeated Daniel Webster College 3-0 at home Saturday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The win improves the Mountaineer's conference record to 3-3 (7-12 overall) while the Eagles drop to 2-4 in NECC action, 4-15 overall on the season.
SVC edged Daniel Webster 25-23 in the opening set before allowing the Eagles to make it a close 25-19 second-frame decision. Southern Vermont finished the day with another 25-23 win in the third set, once again getting the slight upper hand.
Rally scoring was spread out for both teams as no player recorded more than seven kills on the day. However, each side was able to put up numbers from behind the line with SVC and DWC tallying 15 service aces apiece.
The Mountaineers saw sophomore Brin Goldman (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) and junior Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, California) each notch a team-best six kills while adding 11 and nine digs, respectively. Kaleopa ripped four aces across the net and assisted on 15 of the 22 SVC kills, and Goldman chipped in with four service aces of her own.
Seniors Jessica Delgado (Los Angeles, California) and Alexandra Sinicropi (Fultonville, New York) each had five kills for Southern Vermont and popped up 10 and 11 digs, respectively; Sinicropi added four service aces to her line while Delgado had a pair.
Eagle sophomore Madeline Roulier (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) registered the match-high of seven kills to go with her nine digs in the effort. Junior Sharline Polycarpe (Dorchester, Massachusetts) followed with six kills and three digs while freshman Courtney Sheyenne Warrington (Canton, Texas) had a match-high 12 digs. Senior Sarah Durocher (Keene, New Hampshire) was electric from behind the service line, chalking up 11 aces on the day. Freshman setter Nicole Beard (Shelton, Connecticut) had 14 assists to go with her five digs.
Neither team could pull away in the opening set as the longest consecutive point streak was four by SVC early on. The Mountaineers owned a 16-10 lead midway through the stanza, but Daniel Webster grabbed three straight and four of the next five to close it down to a 17-14 Southern Vermont advantage. The two sides traded points with the Mountaineers maintaining that separation until DWC used a kill and a Beard service ace to take three in-a-row and make it a 23-20 tally. Following a Southern Vermont timeout, the Eagles scored three of the next four to make it 24-23, but Delgado went up and put down a finishing kill to take the early match lead.
SVC was on fire to start the second set, winning the first five points before Goldman served for eight straight to grab a 14-3 lead. Daniel Webster would chip away and make it a 15-7 affair, but Sinicropi used a kill and three service aces to help take the next five for a 20-7 advantage. After a service error gave the ball back to the Eagles, Durocher began a clinic from behind the line as she ripped four aces in-a-row capped by a Polycarpe kill to keep Daniel Webster alive at 20-13. With the score set at 22-13, the two sides went back-and-forth with a combined seven kills, five coming from the Eagles to close to within six (24-18). Warrington served up another ace to make it a 24-19 game, but Kaleopa landed one of her kills to seal the deal and give SVC a 2-0 lead on the day.
After the third set started 3-3, SVC recorded six straight points to take an early 9-3 advantage. Daniel Webster grabbed five of the next seven to remain within striking distance at 11-8, but Southern Vermont then opened up its lead by winning the next three points. Again, the Eagles refused to go away and tried to extend the match, never trailing by more than four after making it 15-13 with four straight points. As the Mountaineers inched towards the match point, DWC slowly trimmed the lead until tying it up at 23-23 on a Durocher ace. But that would be the last Eagle point with the visitors notching two consecutive attacking errors to give SVC the sweeping victory.
Southern Vermont hit a combined .126 on the day with the best set from either side coming in the second when the Mountaineers had only one attacking error on 29 swings for a .345 mark. Team stat lines were comparable with both squads having 12 serving errors and DWC owning a 53-52 dig advantage. The Eagles also edged out SVC with 23 total kills to the 22 on the host's side.
SVC is back in action with a Wednesday road match, visiting Newbury College for a 6 p.m. NECC showdown. The Eagles next take on Mitchell College at home on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. conference tilt.