Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Newbury in NECC Play

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College defeated Newbury College in straight sets Saturday evening during New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

The hosts took the first two frames by 25-11 and 25-15 margins before NC held a lead late in the third. SVC was able to complete a comeback, however, and win the game 25-23 for the sweep.

The Mountaineers improve to 15-3 on the year and 4-0 in Conference play while the Nighthawks fall to 2-10 overall and 0-2 against the NECC.

Southern Vermont concludes its three-match home stand on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. NECC showdown with New England College. Newbury is next in action at the same time Tuesday—hosting Lesley University for a league matchup.

SVC senior captain Liv Sowles (Sacramento, Calif.) led all players with 13 kills, and she added six digs and five aces to her line. Classmate Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calf.) registered a match-best 18 digs while juniors Taryn Higareda (Rosemead, Calif.) and Sarah Baty (Portola, Calif.) had 18 and 11 assists, respectively.

Newbury was led offensively by sophomore Monica Bolduk (Vernon, Conn.) who had five kills, and she also chipped in with seven digs on the defensive end. Classmate Megan DeBona (East Boston, Mass.) paced the Nighthawks with 10 digs as freshman Halie Sanders (McDonough, Ga.) chalked up eight assists, seven digs, and four kills.

Higareda had three aces in the opening set—notching a consecutive pair early on to help SVC go up 5-1. The Mountaineers then went on a 10-2 run behind two kills from both Sowles and freshman Vianey Hernandez (Jewett, Texas) and never looked back en route to the comfortable win.

Sowles posted five of her kills in the second frame to help Southern Vermont pull away from NC. The hosts led just 11-9 before taking to a 6-1 spurt which included back-to-back aces from junior Abby Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.). Newbury cut it down to a four-point deficit—only to see the Mountaineers close out the game on a 7-1 run aided by a pair of Hernandez aces.

Sanders put down a couple of kills to help the Nighthawks go on top early in the third, and they would then go on a 7-2 run behind a pair of Bolduk kills. SVC came right back, however, and notched six unanswered points to pull ahead; Sowles had three aces in that stretch. NC was able to stay close through the remainder of the set, but the Mountaineers were just too much to handle as they finished it off down the stretch.