SVC Overpowers Nighthawks in NECC Clash

Photo: Katie Collins
Photo: Katie Collins

Brookline, MA -- Powered by a balanced offensive attack led by 13 kills and 14 digs from Liv Sowles, gave the visiting Southern Vermont College Mountaineers the victory over the Newbury College Nighthawks Saturday afternoon at Hellenic College

Nikki Ramirez posted nine kills with 11 digs while Kemly Derby added six kills and two digs. Abigail Landon led SVC with 25 assists and Heidy Benitez had a game-high 32 digs.

Newbury's Stephanie Rheaume led with 12 kills and added six assists while senior Marlen Reynoso collected five kills, 14 digs, and 14 assists. Julia Leggett added five kills, three assists, and 21 digs.

In the opening set, the Nighthawks grabbed momentum early, starting with a 6-1 lead, thanks to two kills from Rheaume and one from Reynoso. However, SVC took the momentum right back from Newbury, taking 13 of the next 15 points.   The Nighthawks would struggle to get the wheels spinning in the opening set, eventually dropping it to Daniel Webster 25-18.

The second set started out as a balanced affair,  with the game being tied at seven different points before the teams were tied at 16 all. Newbury would take the next six points but the momentum changed once SVC's Nikki Ramirez took over the serve.  Ramirez paced the Mountaineers with five straight points to get the visitors within one.  After a pair of service errors back to back kills by Liv Sowles handed the set to SVC, 26-24.

In the final set, Southern Vermont jumped out to an early 7-2 lead before Newbury started chipping away. The Nighthawks closed the gap to three but eight straight points gave the Mountaineers a 19-8 lead.  SVC would eventually cruise to the 25-12 victory to cap off the straight-set sweep.

The loss drops the Nighthawks to 2-18 (0-3 NECC) while improving the Mountaineers to 4-16 (2-1 NECC). Newbury heads to Lesley University on Tuesday night for another conference match scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Southern Vermont also returns to action on Tuesday when they host Elms College also at 7:00 p.m.