Heidy Benitez Breaks Women’s Volleyball’s All-time Digs Record in 3-0 Win at SUNY Cobleskill

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COBLESKILL, N.Y. – There is a new career digs leader for the Southern Vermont College women's volleyball program as senior libero Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) broke the school record Tuesday night during a 3-0 win over SUNY Cobleskill at Iorio Gymnasium.

Benitez had 12 on the night to chalk up 748 in her career—surpassing Joanna Hogue who tallied 742 between 2011-12. Benitez accomplished the feat in 40 fewer sets as she has posted 5.4 digs per set through 139 frames so far in her tenure as a Mountaineer.

SVC won the night with game scores of 25-22, 25-11, and 25-18 to claim its third-straight victory. The win also helped Southern Vermont pull ahead in the all-time series—now leading 7-6 after topping the Fighting Tigers in the fourth-straight meeting between the two.

The Mountaineers improve to 14-2 on the year and now look to their Friday night home match against Smith College with that first serve slated for 7 p.m.

"This player has worked as hard as she possibly could for the past two years," second-year Southern Vermont head coach Pat Robidoux said of Benitez. "She has been an absolute pleasure to coach, and I am so proud of Heidy for her current and future success. Here's to many more digs!"

Benitez had the match-high in the digs column and was followed on SVC by classmate Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) who had 10 in addition to a match-best 15 kills for her fourth-straight double-double. Junior Taryn Higareda (Rosemead, Calif.) facilitated the offense as she assisted on 28 of Southern Vermont's 30 kills while adding three aces to her line.