SVC snags weekly awards

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Southern Vermont College junior Liv Sowles has been named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women's Volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending October 8, 2017 as announced by the league on Monday.

Sowles had a terrific pair of performances as SVC started NECC action last week. She notched 5.63 kills, 3.75 digs, and 1.5 service aces per set across the five games that the Mountaineers played. The captain registered a .272 hitting percentage and five total blocks for the week.

The junior racked up a match-best 28 kills and added 22 digs as Southern Vermont was narrowly edged in a five-setter at Becker College on Tuesday. The junior then followed that with another match-high in kills on Friday as she posted 17 in a sweep of Mitchell College. Against the Mariners, Sowles had only three attacking errors on 37 swings for a .378 hitting percentage; she personally accounted for 9.3 points per set for SVC between her kills, three total blocks, and match-high nine service aces.

Monday's honor is the second weekly accolade this year for SVC after Bennington College freshman Kemly Derby (New York City, N.Y.) was selected as the Conference's Rookie of the Week back on September 25.

Sowles and the Mountaineers turn to non-conference action for their next match as Southern Vermont heads to SUNY Delhi on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. first serve.

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Shapiro Tabbed NECC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced on Monday its weekly award winners for the period ending October 8, 2017 with Southern Vermont College freshman Nicole Shapiro being selected as the Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week.

Shapiro notched her first two collegiate points on Saturday with a pair of assists during the Mountaineers' 5-0 win over Wheelock College.

Her first helper came in the opening stanza when the rookie carried the ball into the right side of the penalty area; she brought it all the way to the six-yard box before crossing it into the middle where junior captain Molly Madore was waiting to punch it in. Shapiro then added a second assist in the final 45 minutes with a long cross from the right touchline to the top of the box—setting up junior teammate Naya Cerda

Monday's laurel is Southern Vermont's third NECC Rookie of the Week honor this year as freshmen Rileigh Griffiths and Jayne Wierzbicki were bestowed with the award on September 18 and October 2, respectively.


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