Women’s Volleyball Continues to Roll With 3-0 Victory Over SUNY Delhi

alyssa kuchis serves the ball

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team remains undefeated as the squad took to a 3-0 non-conference win over SUNY Delhi Wednesday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

SVC had to grind out a 25-23 win in the opening set before needing to come back from a late deficit in the second to win it 25-22. The Mountaineers then staked a large upper hand in the onset of the third game, and they carried that advantage through the frame to take it 25-20 and sweep the night.

Southern Vermont improves to 7-0 on the year while the Broncos fall to 5-2. The Mountaineers will be well-tested in their next contest as they host a solid Trinity College crew that brings a four-match winning streak to Bennington on Friday for a 7 p.m. start. Delhi is off until next Wednesday, September 19 when the Broncos host Mount Saint Mary College for a 7 p.m. first serve.

Mountaineer senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) had her second double-double of the year with a match-high 18 kills and 12 digs while classmate Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) notched a night-best 19 digs on the defensive end. Freshman Alyssa Kuchis (Amsterdam, N.Y.) had her best match of the season with 16 digs and three kills while sophomore Gabby Rushia (Cohoes, N.Y.) racked up six block assists in the win. Junior setter Sarah Baty (Portola, Calif.) assisted on 22 of the 32 SVC kills.

SUNY Delhi sophomores Taylor Tsatsis (Neponsit, N.Y.) and Haylee Lefebvre (Glens Falls, N.Y.) each had eight kills while Tsatsis chipped in with eight digs as well. Junior Erica Prindle (Kingston, N.Y.) chalked up 16 assists, 14 digs, and seven kills, and senior Kristen Maslanka (Pine Island, N.Y.) tallied 13 digs and five kills in the effort.

The opening set was a back-and-forth affair with neither team leading by more than four at any point. An 8-2 Mountaineer run put the hosts in front 18-14, but the Broncos were able to come back and tie it up on three occasions through the remainder of the stanza. The final tie forced an SVC timeout with the score knotted at 23-23, and Southern Vermont came out of it on the right foot as the Mountaineers won the final two points to take the game.

Kuchis had back-to-back kills to help SVC rattle off four straight and go up 10-8 in the second, but a 7-2 Delhi run put the Broncos back on top. Trailing 20-17, Southern Vermont won six of the next seven to pull ahead; Baty then landed a kill before an attacking error by the visitors gave SVC the 2-0 edge in the match.

Baty went behind the line early in the third and put across 10-straight serves—three of those being aces—as the Mountaineers stormed to an 11-2 lead. Delhi would slowly cut it down to a four-point difference, but that was right before Sowles went up and landed one final swing to end the night.