Mountaineers Sweep Past Women's Volleyball, 3-0

Mountaineers Sweep Past Women's Volleyball, 3-0

THE BASICS
Score:
Southern Vermont 3, Dean College 0
Records: Southern Vermont (11-1, 2-0 NECC), Dean College (5-7, 0-1 NECC)
Location: Mountaineer Athletic Complex, Bennington, Vt.
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Southern Vermont won for the fourth straight time and the host Mountaineers knocked off Dean College, 3-0, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball action on Saturday afternoon. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:
SVC ran away to take the opening set 25-12 before winning the next two by 25-18 and 25-19 margins.

Southern Vermont senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) recorded a match-high 13 kills while adding five digs to her line, and classmate Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) notched a match-best 17 digs in the libero uniform. Junior Sarah Baty (Portola, Calf.) had 27 assists, four digs, three kills, and three aces on the day while fellow junior Meg Maddalena (Portola, Calif.) followed Sowles with nine kills.

Freshman Miranda Marquez (San Pedro, Calif.) led the Bulldogs with four kills, and junior Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) had a team-leading nine digs on the defensive end. Senior captain Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.), freshman Nicole Defosses (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and junior captain Kait Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) each had seven digs and three kills for Dean.

SVC stormed out to a 9-3 lead in the opening set, and they would later score six unanswered points to push the advantage to double digits. The Mountaineers would take the final four points of the game with Sowles landing a kill before Maddalena notched a pair to end it.

A 6-2 run aided by a pair of Sowles kills gave Southern Vermont a slim edge in the second, but Dean would hang with the Mountaineers and eventually go on top 12-11. The Mountaineers took the next five, however, and never relinquished that lead as points went back-and-forth the rest of the way.

SVC junior Abby Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) and Baty each recorded three-straight aces during an 8-1 Mountaineer run early in the third, and the hosts then scored five in-a-row behind a pair of kills from sophomore Nikki Ramirez (West Covina, Calif.).

The Bulldogs would chip away at their deficit through the later stages of the set, but they ran out of time as Southern Vermont was able to inch closer to 25 and complete the sweep.

UP NEXT:
Dean returns to action on Monday when they travel to Framingham State for a non-league matchup beginning at 6:00 p.m.