WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Southern Vermont College Mountaineers made history Wednesday night. The Women's Volleyball program was the first SVC Women's program to ever beat the Williams College Ephs. It is only the second time in school history the Mountaineers beat Williams. The 2011 team also set a mark that no other SVC women's program has accomplished with solidifying its 15th win of the season. The Mountaineers sit at 15-2, also the best start to any athletic season. "The women came out and executed the game plan all the way through the last point. The most important thing that carried us tonight is we out defended a very strong NESCAC team," said Head Coach Josh Stokes. "We really have to commend our defensive specialist and libero Vivian Delgado and Joanna Hogue."
With a rambunctious crowd on hand the Mountaineers didn't disappoint. In the first set, SVC and Williams battled neck and neck exchanging leads. Late in the set SVC rallied with two straight points to tie the match at 23-23. Williams however, finished off the first set with two straight kills to take a 1-0 game advantage.
In the second and third set, the Mountaineers showed the crowd what they came to see; feisty defense and loud kills. In the middle sets SVC hit .308 in game two and a stellar .350 in the third. In the third set Southern Vermont accounted for 23 of its 25 points in kills and service aces.
In the final set, Southern Vermont rushed out to a 17-10 lead before a strong Williams defense battled its way back into the game. After the Ephs made the set 17-16, the set stayed even until SVC had a 24-22 lead. For the final point, Mountaineer setter Hershey Canta set a ball to outside hitter Jessica Alvarez who slammed home the match point.
For the match the Mountaineers crushed 50 kills, led by the junior Alvarez. Alvarez hit an amazing .361, as she connected on 18 of her 36 attempts. SVC also continued its outstanding defense in the match picking 74 digs. Libero Joanna Hogue and Alvarez each had 17 digs, and Vivian Delgado had 12.
"Jess really showed how dynamic of a player she was tonight," said Stokes. Alvarez closed in on a triple double with 18 kills, 17 digs, but fell short with seven stifling aces.
Danielle Healis had nine kills and Alicia Manzo connected on 10 for the Mountaineers. Canta set the offense with 41 assists in the win. Southern Vermont only committed three receiving errors as a team for the match.
"Both teams battled very hard. It was a great display of volleyball," said SVC's winningest coach. "Each player poured all their emotions into each point."