Bennington, Vt. - The Trinity College volleyball team came away with a 3-0 sweep of Southern Vermont on Friday night for its fifth-straight win to improve to 5-1 on the year. The Bantams won by set scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-22 and tallied eight aces in the victory. The loss is the first of the fall for the Mountaineers who are now 7-1. Trinity returns to action tomorrow for its first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) game of the year, at Middlebury.
Junior Wyllie Boughton (Andover, Mass.) led the charge for Trinity with nine kills and seven digs while senior Rachel Underwood (Danville, Calif.) tallied six kills and four aces. Sophomore Jessica Yang (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) had a team-high 19 assists along with 11 digs. Southern Vermont was led by Liv Sowles who finished with a game-high 15 kills on 55 attacks while Sarah Baty had 21 assists. Heidy Benitez also had a game-high with 18 digs but the Mountaineers finished with just a .061 team hitting percentage while Trinity spread 35 kills across the three sets.
The Bantams jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first set and never looked back. Southern Vermont cut it close at 15-12, but a 7-2 run opened things up before rookie Ally Conde (Danielson, Conn.) recorded a kill for the 25th point.
The second set was much closer as both teams found themselves tied, 18-18. The Bantams finished the set on a 7-1 run, highlighted by an ace from Boughton coupled with a kill by first-year Hareena Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.). Trinity took a 23-17 lead in the third set but four straight points from the Mountaineers made it 23-21. Despite the momentum, back-to-back kills by Trinity rookie Alexandra Kelly (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) sealed the match for the Bantams.