Women’s Volleyball Tallies Road Sweep Over MCLA

meg maddalena hits the ball over the net

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Southern Vermont College hit the road Friday evening and chalked up a 3-0 sweep of Mass. College of Liberal Arts in non-conference women's volleyball play at Amsler Campus Center Gym.

The Mountaineers averaged five-point victories through the three sets with game scores of 25-20, 25-21, and 25-19.

With the win, SVC improves its season record to 12-2; eight of the Mountaineers' wins this year have been by 3-0 margins. Southern Vermont is right back on the road Saturday—heading to Mitchell College for a 2 p.m. New England Collegiate Conference bout.

SVC senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) registered her fourth double-double of the year with a match-high 13 kills and 11 digs. Classmate Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) led the team with 12 digs as junior Taryn Higareda (Rosemead, Calif.) put up a season-best 16 assists in addition to five digs and a pair of kills.

The Mountaineers were extremely efficient in the first set as they committed just three attacking errors on 33 swings—notching 15 kills for a .364 hitting percentage. SVC trailed 11-9 before storming to an 11-1 run behind four Sowles kills and another pair from sophomore Nikki Ramirez (West Covina, Calif.). The visitors carried that comfortable advantage to claim the opening stanza.

MCLA prevented Southern Vermont from pulling away through the first half of the next game, and the Trailblazers later cut a six-point deficit down to a 21-19 Mountaineer edge. Each team tallied back-to-back points the rest of the way as SVC junior Sarah Baty (Portola, Calif.) recorded an ace for her squad to go up 2-0 in the match.

An 8-3 spurt by the Mountaineers put them in front by five midway through the third set, but MCLA came back to tie it at 16-16. SVC won the next four to go back on top with consecutive kills by junior Meg Maddalena (Portola, Calif.), however, and Southern Vermont never let the hosts serve twice in-a-row the rest of the way to close it out.