Women’s Volleyball Defeated 3-0 by Trinity for First Loss

taryn higareda serves up the ball

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team was dealt its first loss of the season Friday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center as the hosts fell 3-0 to Trinity College in non-conference play.

The Bantams pulled away at the end of the first two sets to win them 25-14 and 25-19, respectively, and TC then held off a push by SVC at the end of the third to take it 25-22 and finish off the sweep.

The Mountaineers (7-1) are back in action on Saturday with a tri-match which will include SVC's New England Collegiate Conference opener; Southern Vermont plays Lesley University at Nichols College for a 12 p.m. league tilt before taking on the hosting Bison at 2 p.m.

Trinity (5-1) keeps traveling north for its next match as the Bantams head to Middlebury College for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday to begin their New England Small College Athletic Conference schedule.

Southern Vermont senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) led all players with 15 kills on the night as classmate Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) notched a match-best 18 digs. Junior Sarah Baty (Portola, Calif.) had 21 assists in the effort.

The Bantams' balanced offense was paced by junior Wyllie Boughton (Andover, Mass.) who had nine kills in addition to seven digs. Sophomore Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) registered a team-best 11 digs while adding 19 assists to her line. Senior Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) posted nine digs, six kills, and four service aces in the win.

Trinity scored six straight in the early going of the first set to build a comfortable cushion with Underwood chalking up three of her aces in that stretch. SVC stayed close and eventually cut it to a two-point difference at 14-12, but the Bantams then stormed to a 10-2 run to close out the opener.

Sowles had a kill and an ace to help Southern Vermont go on a 7-1 run in the front end of the second game and go on top 10-5. Trinity came back, however, and won seven out of eight to pull ahead by three. The Mountaineers answered and regained the lead with a 5-1 spurt powered by three Sowles kills—only to see the Bantams take the momentum and win eight of the last nine points to garner a 2-0 advantage in the match.

TC would lead 9-5 in the third, but the Mountaineers kept the set from getting away from them as they cut it down to a one-point Bantams edge. Service then went back-and-forth until Trinity won three straight to stake a 23-17 upper hand. SVC would win the next four with a Sowles kill and an ace by junior Abby Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) keeping the hosts alive. TC took two of the last three points, however, with freshman Alexandra Kelly (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) landing a pair of kills to help extend her team's winning streak to five-straight matches.