BROOKLINE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College lost 3-0 in straight sets to Newbury College Wednesday night at Hellenic College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball action.
Newbury improves its season record to 15-8 overall and 5-2 in the NECC, and Southern Vermont falls to 3-4 in league play, 7-13 overall.
SVC returns home to conclude the regular season schedule on Saturday with Senior Night, a 6 p.m. NECC match against Lesley University to help determine playoff seeding. The Mountaineers need a win in order to secure a postseason berth; a loss to Lesley means that SVC would need Mitchell College to defeat Elms College on Saturday.
The Nighthawks will play a tri-match at Regis College on Saturday in the regular season finale, taking on the hosting Pride at 11 a.m. before matching up against Wentworth Institute of Technology at 1 p.m. for a non-conference tilt.
Newbury took Wednesday's match with set scores of 25-20, 25-12, and 25-11.
NC's attack was outstanding all night with its lowest set hitting percentage being .200 in the first. The Nighthawks followed with .375 and .389 marks in the second and third games, respectively, totaling only nine attacking errors on 116 swings for a .319 percentage on the night.
Senior Jessica Delgado (Los Angeles, California) led the Mountaineers with nine kills to go with her seven digs and two service aces. Classmate Alexandra Sinicropi (Fultonville, New York) followed with seven kills and six digs, and junior Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, California) tallied five kills and four digs while assisting on 17 of the 22 SVC kills.
Newbury sophomore Courtney Banks (Corona, California) recorded a match-best 15 kills and added three block assists to her line; she didn't have a single hitting error on 23 attack attempts for a .652 hitting percentage in the win. Freshman Heather Parish (Tucson, Arizona) facilitated the offense with 34 assists, and senior Meghan McDermott (Hampton, New Hampshire) tallied a night-high 12 digs on the defensive end.
NC takes a 6-4 series advantage after now defeating Southern Vermont in each of the last two meetings, knocking off SVC last year to end the Mountaineers' 26-match NECC win streak.