Women’s Volleyball Notches Road Sweep of Bay Path

sarah baty sets the ball

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – Southern Vermont College took to a 3-0 road win Wednesday night—sweeping Bay Path University in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball action at First Baptist Church.

SVC won the match with set scores of 25-19, 25-22, and 25-18.

The Mountaineers improve to 18-5 on the year and 7-1 in league play with one final regular season contest on the schedule. So far in 2018, six of the team's seven Conference wins have been by 3-0 tallies.

Southern Vermont wraps up the regular season on Saturday with Senior Night and a 7 p.m. NECC first serve at home against Eastern Nazarene College.

SVC senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) had a team-leading 11 kills while junior Meg Maddalena (Portola, Calif.) was right behind with 10. Senior libero Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) notched 20 digs, and junior setter Sarah Baty (Portola, Calif.) registered 24 assists on the night. Junior Taryn Higareda (Rosemead, Calif.) chalked up six kills, four aces, and three digs in the win.

Four unanswered points by Southern Vermont—all coming via the kill with Sowles having three of those—put the visitors on top 5-3 in the onset of the first set; they would never relinquish that lead the rest of the way. Bay Path stayed close for a little while, but SVC eventually opened it up to a seven-point advantage. After four straight from the Wildcats cut it to a three-point difference, the Mountaineers extended the separation once again at the end of the game to close it out.

SVC led for the front end of the second frame before BPU went on a 7-1 run to go in front by a point and force a timeout. A 5-1 Wildcat spurt then made it a 22-19 lead for the visitors, but Southern Vermont hit the gas and won the final six points to claim the set victory; Maddalena had consecutive kills in the front end of that stretch while sophomore Nikki Ramirez (West Covina, Calif.) then served up three-straight aces.

Service went back-and-forth through the third until Bay Path won five unanswered points for a 17-14 edge. The Mountaineers seized the momentum, however, and went back on top late in the set as Higareda, Sowles, and Maddalena all landed kills to help SVC finish off the sweep.

Southern Vermont has now won its last three meetings with the Wildcats and 10 of its last 12.