HENNIKER, N.H. – The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team fell 3-0 to both Fisher College and Curry College on Saturday during the second day of the New England College Tournament.
The Mountaineers (0-3) are back at it next weekend with New Paltz State's Hawk Invitational; SVC will take on Montclair State (3pm) and Mount Saint Mary College (7pm) Friday night in the first round of the tournament.
Fisher 3 – Southern Vermont 0
The Falcons swept the opening match of the day with set scores of 25-21, 25-12, and 25-13.
SVC junior Heidy Benitez (Tulare, Calif.) led the Mountaineers with seven kills while adding 13 digs to her line. Sophomore Sarah Billow (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) followed with six kills and 10 digs, and freshman Nikki Ramirez (West Covina, Calif.) had two kills to go along with her team-leading 17 digs. Bennington College freshman Kemly Derby (New York City, N.Y.) popped up 13 assists and six digs for the Mountaineers.
A kill from Benitez made it a 7-6 margin for Fisher early in the first, and points would be traded until the score was knotted at 18-18. FC took the next five before closing out the set, however, to take a lead in the match.
SVC freshman Gabby Rushia (Cohoes, N.Y.) landed an ace to help the Mountaineers tie it at 7-7 in the second frame, but the Falcons would go on an 8-1 surge for a sizable advantage they would carry to the win.
Fisher put up 11 unanswered points to start the third—taking a lead that would withstand a 5-0 run from the Mountaineers midway through the game. FC closed out the contest with a 5-1 spurt for the sweep.
Curry 3 – Southern Vermont 0
CC defeated the Mountaineers in their second match of the day with set scores of 25-11, 25-19, and 25-15.
Billow notched a team-best 12 kills for Southern Vermont to set a new career-high in a three-set match; she also added five digs to her line. Benitez registered five kills and a team-best 15 digs, and Derby put up 16 assists and four aces in the effort.
SVC fell behind in the first as the Colonels scored the first six points of the match. Two Billow kills and a pair of Ramirez aces helped the Mountaineers momentarily come back and close it to 7-5. Curry would extend it once again with a 6-1 run, however, and use another seven unanswered points to finish off the frame.
Billow landed four kills to help SVC go on a 6-1 run early in the second, and Rushia notched another to put the Mountaineers up by one. Scoring went back-and-forth before a Billow kill and a Benitez ace tied it at 17-17. Curry would close it out with an 8-2 surge, however, to go up 2-0 in the contest.
Southern Vermont went on top 5-2 to start the third with back-to-back kills from Billow, but the Colonels registered five straight to go up by a pair. 10 consecutive CC points gave Curry a strong upper hand late in the game, and the Colonels then finished off the tilt with four of the last five.
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