Women’s Volleyball Falls 3-1 at Colby-Sawyer

dhalia rafael-tirado serves up the ball

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Southern Vermont College played to a hard-fought 3-1 loss against Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday night in non-conference women's volleyball action at Coffin Field House.

SVC took the opening set by a 26-24 margin, but the Chargers came back to tie the match with a 25-15 win in the second game. The third frame needed multiple extra points before CSC took it 28-26, and the hosts then closed out the night with a 25-16 victory in the fourth.

Southern Vermont (11-2) has another non-league contest lined up for its next match as the Mountaineers visit Mass. College of Liberal Arts on Friday for a 6 p.m. start.

SVC senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) tied the match-high of 14 kills, and she also notched 12 digs for the double-double. Sophomore Nikki Ramirez (West Covina, Calif.) followed with a season-best 10 kills in addition to notching 21 digs on the defensive end. Senior libero Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) led the Mountaineers with 24 digs as junior setter Sarah Baty (Portola, Calif.) assisted on 28 of the 35 SVC kills.

Southern Vermont edged out the Chargers in an opening set which included nine ties and five lead changes. Down 24-21, CSC won the next three to tie it up, but the Mountaineers were able to win the ensuing pair to grab the upper hand on the night.

Coby-Sawyer answered and won the next frame convincingly after going on an 11-1 run midway through the game.

The third set was tightly contested and saw SVC win back-to-back points to go up 26-25, but the Chargers fought back to win the next three for a 2-1 advantage in the match.

Six unanswered points early in the fourth gave the hosts a lead they would carry through the final serve as Colby-Sawyer won the first meeting between the two since 2012.

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