Women’s Volleyball Tallies NECC Sweep of Dean

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College improved to 2-0 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball standings Saturday afternoon—recording a home sweep of Dean College at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

SVC ran away to take the opening set 25-12 before winning the next two by 25-18 and 25-19 margins.

The Mountaineers are now 11-1 overall on the season after claiming their fourth-straight win. Dean drops to 5-7 on the year and starts NECC action at 0-1. SVC next takes to the court on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference match at Colby-Sawyer College while the Bulldogs look ahead to their 6 p.m. non-league contest at Framingham State University on Monday.

Southern Vermont senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) recorded a match-high 13 kills while adding five digs to her line, and classmate Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) notched a match-best 17 digs in the libero uniform. Junior Sarah Baty (Portola, Calf.) had 27 assists, four digs, three kills, and three aces on the day while fellow junior Meg Maddalena (Portola, Calif.) followed Sowles with nine kills.

Freshman Miranda Marquez (San Pedro, Calif.) led the Bulldogs with four kills, and junior Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) had a team-leading nine digs on the defensive end. Senior captain Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.), freshman Nicole Defosses (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and junior captain Kait Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) each had seven digs and three kills for DC.

The Mountaineers were stellar on the serve receive as they didn't allow their opponent to register a single ace for the first time since a 3-2 win over Elms College on September 17, 2016.

SVC stormed out to a 9-3 lead in the opening set, and they would later score six unanswered points to push the advantage to double digits. The Mountaineers would take the final four points of the game with Sowles landing a kill before Maddalena notched a pair to end it.

A 6-2 run aided by a pair of Sowles kills gave Southern Vermont a slim edge in the second, but Dean would hang with the Mountaineers and eventually go on top 12-11. The Mountaineers took the next five, however, and never relinquished that lead as points went back-and-forth the rest of the way.

SVC junior Abby Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) and Baty each recorded three-straight aces during an 8-1 Mountaineer run early in the third, and the hosts then scored five in-a-row behind a pair of kills from sophomore Nikki Ramirez (West Covina, Calif.). The Bulldogs would chip away at their deficit through the later stages of the set, but they ran out of time as Southern Vermont was able to inch closer to 25 and complete the sweep.