PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The second day of the Best Western Plus-Ground Round Cardinal Classic saw the Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team grind out a 3-2 victory over Elms College before falling 3-0 to hosting SUNY Plattsburgh in a pair of non-conference matches at Memorial Hall on Saturday.
The SVC win over the Blazers was the team's second five-set victory this year and served as a good preview of the league contest to come between the two on October 13.
The Mountaineers (3-8) are next in action on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. match at SUNY Cobleskill, the first of two non-conference meetings with the Fighting Tigers this season.
Southern Vermont 3 – Elms 2
Elms took the opening set of the morning matchup by a 25-22 margin before SVC flipped the script and won the second by the same tally. The two sides battled in an elongated third that saw EC grab it 29-27, and Southern Vermont then turned the tables again to take the fourth by an extended 29-27 score and force the decisive fifth set. The Mountaineers finished off the win, toppling the Blazers 15-11 in the final frame for their third win of the year.
SVC freshman Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) notched a season-high 14 kills to lead the team, adding 19 digs to her line. Senior captain Brin Goldman (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) had nine kills, 25 assists, 12 digs and a pair of block assists while freshman Tay Phillips (Stephentown, N.Y.) registered six kills, 25 digs, two assists and a solo block.
Bennington College freshman Gaby Oropeza (Riverside, Calif.) had six kills of her own to go along with six service aces, 11 digs and three assists for Southern Vermont. Junior Julia Florence (Salem, Mass.) tallied three total blocks as sophomore libero Lizzy Bench (St. Petersburg, Fla.) racked up a match-high 41 digs on the defensive side.
Plattsburgh 3 – Southern Vermont 0
SUNY Plattsburgh took to the fast sweep of SVC with game scores of 25-10, 25-13, and 25-12.
Goldman recorded a team-high seven kills while adding seven assists and six digs in the effort. Billow chipped in with three kills and five digs, and Oropeza led the Mountaineers with 10 digs defensively. Bench had another six digs, two assists and a kill as Phillips had three digs and a kill against the Cardinals.
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