The Mountaineers dropped four matches this past weekend at a weekend tournament hosted by Endicott College. Southern Vt. played four matches in a two day stretch against Endicott, Vasser, SUNY New Paltz, and Hunter.
On Saturday the Mountaineers faced off against New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opponent Endicott. SVC dropped a 3-0 decision to Endicott which puts them at 5-3 in the NECC. Joeseph Dighton led the Mountaineer attack with nine kills and Herson Canta recorded 22 assists in the defeat.
In the Saturday nightcap, SVC tried to upset the #10 team in the nation, Vasser. The Mountaineers played exceptionally well in the opening sets but it wasn't enough as they fell 3-0. The scores of the matcher were 25-22, 25-23, and 25-16. Dighton and Anthony Barahona paced the Mountaineers with eight kills apiece while captain Anthony Ayala and Canta recorded 13 assists each.
On Sunday, the Mountaineers once again found themselves playing against a nationally ranked opponent in #13 SUNY New Paltz. The Mountaineers found themselves down 2-0 early but battled back to bring the match to a final fifth set. New Paltz managed to break a 5-5 tie in the final frame after benefitting from a Mountaineer service error. From there they never gave up the lead as they took the final set 15-11 to win the match. Barahona recorded 20 kills for the match and Senior captain Nick Haggerty led the team with 25 digs.
The Mountaineers final match was against 12th ranked Hunter. Southern Vermont nearly took the first set as they led 21-20, but Hunter responded by rattling off the next five points to take the opening set 25-21. The Mountaineers were unable to recover as Hunter took the next two sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-19.
Southern Vermont is now 8-14 overall and 5-3 in the NECC. The Mountaineers are in action next on March 28th when they take on NECC foe Newbury College. The match is set to start at 7:00 at the Mountaineer Athletic Center in Bennington, Vermont.