BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team went back to Daniel Webster College for another tri-match Saturday, falling to both the hosting Eagles and Gordon College by 3-1 margins.
SVC first lost to DWC in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) matchup before being bested by the Fighting Scots in the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
Next up for the Mountaineers (2-12, 1-4 NECC) is a Tuesday non-conference contest when they line up with Castleton University at home for a 7 p.m. first serve.
DANIEL WEBSTER 3, SOUTHERN VERMONT 1
The Eagles took the opening frame 25-14 before the Mountaineers evened the match with a 25-22 second-set victory. Daniel Webster grabbed the third by a score of 25-18 and then closed out the contest with a 25-21 triumph in the fourth.
SVC junior Brin Goldman (Christiansted, Virgin Islands) led all players with 15 kills, adding 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the year. Freshman Alycia Stevens (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) also registered her sixth double-double of the season, tallying 12 kills to go with 14 digs and four service aces. Classmate Lizzy Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) added another 14 digs to tie the team-high, chipping in a pair of assists and two kills in the effort. Senior setter Sheilani Kaleopa (Riverside, Calif.) popped up 20 assists and 10 digs, adding three kills and three aces to her line.
DWC went up 7-2 in the opening set with four unanswered points, and the Eagles never trailed the rest of the way. Kaleopa had a great string of scores late in the stanza when two of her aces followed a kill off her hand, but it was not enough as Daniel Webster finished strong to take the first.
A Goldman kill put the Mountaineers up 7-2 in the early going of the second, and they then rolled off four straight points behind a Bench kill and a Walker ace to go back in front for a 12-10 edge. The Eagles regained the lead midway through the set, but SVC went on a 5-1 run with the help of two Goldman kills to pull ahead. Stevens registered three kills as Southern Vermont inched towards the game victory, and a DWC service error then evened the match as the visitors took the frame 25-22.
The two sides battled in the third before DWC scored five unanswered points to go up 12-9. Southern Vermont rattled off five straight of its own to go back in front (16-15), Goldman adding two consecutive kills during that streak. Daniel Webster grabbed the momentum, however, and held SVC to only two points the rest of the way while taking a 2-1 advantage in the contest.
Southern Vermont went up 6-1 to start the fourth, Kaleopa, Stevens and Goldman each registering kills for the quick upper hand. DWC stormed back with an 8-1 run, and four straight points soon after put the hosts up by five (17-12). Stevens ripped two straight aces during a 3-0 Mountaineer run late in the set, and SVC pulled to within two with the help of a pair of Eagle miscues. Daniel Webster would prevail, winning the final two points for the league victory.
GORDON 3, SOUTHERN VERMONT 1
The Fighting Scots took the opening set 25-7 before topping SVC 25-17 in the second. Southern Vermont extended the match with a 25-22 win in the third, but Gordon ended it with a 25-10 victory in the fourth frame.
Stevens notched her team-leading seventh double-double of the year with 15 kills and 18 digs, both match-bests. Goldman had 11 kills, nine digs and three aces while Kaleopa notched 29 assists and a pair of kills. Bench had two more kills to go along with eight digs while freshman Hailee Walker (Cohoes, N.Y.) tallied four digs and a pair of kills.
Gordon took a sizable lead in the first set, going up 7-1 to force an SVC timeout. The rested Scots kept their foot on the gas to pull away and take the quick edge in the match.
Two straight Goldman kills tied the second frame at 3-3, and the two sides went back-and-forth through the middle of the stanza. GC used an 8-1 run to go up by eight, only to see Goldman close the gap late with a kill followed by two consecutive aces. Gordon was able to close it out, grabbing the final three points for the 2-0 lead in the affair.
Not to go quietly, SVC landed four kills during a 7-0 opening run for the fast lead in the third. The Fighting Scots responded with five unanswered points, and the teams traded service until the set was tied at 16-16. Southern Vermont then took seven of the next eight with the help of two Bench kills and a service ace from freshman Kristy Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) and never looked back. A final Stevens kill ended the game 25-19 as the Mountaineers kept their hopes alive.
Gordon went up 6-2 in the fourth set, but a Goldman kill and a Kaleopa ace helped SVC take three straight to cut the deficit to one. GC took to a 7-1 run for a sizable lead, and a pair of Stevens kills down the stretch was then too little as the Fighting Scots closed out the match on another 7-1 spurt for the win.