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BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College women’s volleyball team won its first-ever NCAA tournament set on Friday during the first-round of the New York regional.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the Mountaineers as they fell 3-1 to Middlebury.
Middlebury (23-6) won the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-21. With their backs against the wall, Southern Vermont (24-7) won their first set, 25-21. But in the deciding fourth set, Middlebury won 25-22 to advance to the next round.
Down two sets to one, Southern Vermont took an 8-3 lead in the fourth set after a kill by Ashliy Velez. The Panthers came back to within 11-10 after a kill by Julia Gibbs, then took the lead at 16-15 after four straight points and an error by the Mountaineers.
After a block made it 23-20 Middlebury, Southern Vermont made one final run, getting to 23-22, but Middlebury finished it out on kills from Megan Jarchow and Amy Hart.
In SVC’s set victory, they never trailed. The Mountaineers took a 7-3 lead but Middlebury scored four of the next five points to pull to 8-7. SVC kept the pressure on, eventually widening the lead to 17-10 after a Jessica Alvarez kill.
Middlebury fought, but couldn’t get any closer then three points in the set.
SVC was led by Alvarez, who had 21 kills out of 44 total attacks and a .318 hitting percentage. Veliz had 10 kills in 25 attacks with zero errors.
Carrie Baltazar had 39 assists, while Vivian Delgado led with 17 digs.
For Middlebury, who hit nearly .300 during the match, Gibbs, Jarchow and Amy Hart each had double-digit kills, Jarchow hitting .400.
Kathryn Haderlein had 52 assists and Caitlin Barrett led with 15 digs.
Southern Vermont ends the season at 24-7.