LEICESTER, Mass. — Becker College was able to edge out each set over Southern Vermont College Wednesday night as the visiting Mountaineers lost 3-0 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball action at Leicester Gymnasium.
The hosting Hawks took the opening set 25-18 before topping SVC 25-20 in the second. The third set went to extra points where BC closed out the night with a 26-24 victory for the sweep.
SVC (2-10, 1-3 NECC) is back in action on Saturday when the Mountaineers head to Daniel Webster College for a tri-match. Southern Vermont takes on the Eagles at 11 a.m. in an NECC showdown before lining up against Gordon College for a 1 p.m. non-conference tilt.
Mountaineer freshman Alycia Stevens (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) led all players with a season-high 16 kills, adding a team-best 14 digs for her fifth double-double of the year. Senior setter Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, Calif.) followed with seven kills for SVC while popping up 21 assists and 12 digs. Junior Brin Goldman (Christiansted, Virgin Islands) had five kills and eight digs while freshman Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) chipped in with six digs, two kills and a pair of service aces.
The Hawks seized control early in the first set. Samantha Caouette (Montague, Mass.) went on a 4-0 service run that turned a one-point game into a five-point Becker advantage that it would hold the rest of the set. SVC went on a 3-0 run midway through the frame with kills by Stevens and Goldman and a Bench ace, but BC was able to continue tacking up points to maintain its separation.
Becker spotted the Mountaineers a five-point advantage (10-5) in the second set as Kaleopa and Stevens teamed up for consecutive kills during a 7-1 SVC run. BC, however, was able to mount a comeback soon after. Out of a timeout, the Hawks got two aces from Marissa Turner (Coventry, Mass.) during a 7-3 run that pulled Becker within a point at 13-12. The Hawks claimed their first lead (18-17) on an assisted block, only to see Southern Vermont tie it at 20 apiece when Stevens and Kaleopa again registered back-to-back kills. Unfortunately, those would be the last Mountaineer points of the frame as Becker finished on a 7-3 run to claim the second stanza.
Southern Vermont went up by a handful early in the third set, going on a 9-3 spurt that included six unanswered points; Stevens landed four kills during that stretch while Goldman added another two. The match was on its way to a fourth set as SVC held a 22-12 advantage after Stevens and Kaleopa once again put down consecutive kills. A kill by Becker junior Cheyenne Melanson (Sandown, N.H.) ignited a 7-0 run off the serve of Erin Sacharanski (Union Beach, N.J.) that was aided by four Mountaineer miscues. Two Turner aces and a kill from Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) gave BC its first lead, 24-23. Southern Vermont tied the match at 24-24 but committed an error that was followed by a Caouette kill to end the match.