NEW LONDON, Conn. – After dropping the opening set, Southern Vermont College bounced back to take the next three for a 3-1 win at Mitchell College Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball play at Yarnell Athletic Center.
The Mariners won the first game 25-21 before SVC grabbed the next three frames with scores of 25-19, 25-12, and 25-9.
Senior Jessica Delgado (Los Angeles, California) and sophomore Brin Goldman (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) each finished with 11 kills to lead the way with Delgado pitching in defensively with a team-best 19 digs. Senior Alexandra Sinicropi (Fultonville, New York) added nine kills and nine digs, and junior Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, California) handed out a match-high 28 assists to go along with six kills and 13 digs.
Mitchell junior Amanda Garcia (New Britain, Connecticut) led all players with 12 kills and added a pair of blocks. Classmate Nicole Caminiti (Massapequa Park, New York) finished with 22 assists and 13 digs while Kaisea Caramante (Old Lyme, Connecticut) produced a match-high 20 digs.
Southern Vermont was plagued by attack errors in the first set, amassing nine of its 19 in the stanza. Still, the Mountaineers led 17-13 before Mitchell fought its way back to tie the score at 19-19. The Mariners then won six of the next eight points to take the set with freshman Myia Williams (Roselle, New Jersey) contributing a pair of kills during the stretch. Garcia came through with the final two points for MC, recording a kill and a solo block to seal the win.
The Mountaineers bounced back in the second set thanks to the efforts of Sinicropi and Goldman who finished with four kills apiece in the frame. With the score tied at 17-17, the Mountaineers vaulted in front behind kills by Delgado and Goldman and never looked back.
SVC trailed 10-8 in the third set before ripping off a 17-2 run to seize control of the match. Kaleopa got things started with a kill and then served for six straight points, forcing Mitchell to call a timeout to regroup. Delgado and Goldman later served for four points each as the Mountaineers took a 2-1 lead in the contest.
Mitchell fell behind 7-0 in the fourth set and never recovered. Kaleopa put the finishing touches on the win by serving for aces on the final two points. Southern Vermont finished with a 15-4 advantage in service aces for the match with Sinicropi, Goldman and Kaleopa recording four apiece.
Southern Vermont (6-12, 2-3 NECC) turns to its last non-conference match of the season, a 7 p.m. Wednesday contest at Bard College. The Mariners (4-14, 0-4 NECC) next host Bay Path College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. league tilt.