BENNINGTON, Vt. — Despite playing in front of a rambunctious crowd in the first event held at the newly-renovated Mountaineer Athletic Center, the Southern Vermont College women's volleyball couldn't keep Norwich University from edging out a 3-1 win in non-conference action Wednesday night.
SVC lost the first two sets of its home opener, each by scores of 25-23. The third frame saw Southern Vermont fight to extend the match, winning 29-27 to cut the deficit. Norwich prevailed, however, with a 25-16 win in the fourth game to take the match.
The Mountaineers (1-4) are right back in action on Thursday when they head to Morrisville State College for a 7 p.m. non-conference start while Norwich (2-4) next visits Johnson & Wales University on Saturday for a 1 p.m. Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest.
The Cadet win evens the all-time series between the two at 4-4 and is the first for Norwich over Southern Vermont since 2008.
Mountaineer junior Brin Goldman (Christiansted, Virgin Islands) led all players with 18 kills, adding 10 digs for the double-double. Senior setter Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, Calif.) notched four kills of her own to go with 26 assists, 12 digs and five service aces while freshman Alycia Stevens (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) put up 10 kills and a match-best 22 digs; the SVC rookie also had five assists and three aces in the effort. Fellow freshman Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) chipped in with 12 digs, six kills and a pair of service aces on the night.
SVC made only four attacking errors on 29 swings in the third set for a .276 hitting percentage, the team's second best mark this season in a single frame (.318).