CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Southern Vermont College Men's Volleyball team improved to 7-3 in New England Collegiate Conference play, Saturday night with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-13) win over host Lesley University, at the Nicholas Athletic Center.
The Mountaineers hit .347 and held Lesley to a -.031 average, with Joseph Dighton (Riverside, CA/La Sierra) hitting a near-perfect .786, crushing 12 kills with only one error in 14 attempts to lead SVC. Freshman Anthony Contreras (Norwalk, CA/Norwalk) totaled seven kills with two errors in 11 attempts for a .455 average.
Max Hoevenaar (Orlando, FL/Castle Christian) led the Lynx with six kills but with nine attack errors. On his senior day, Christian Domingo (Los Angeles, CA/College of Canyons) followed with four kills. Melvin Morales (Chelsea, MA/Chelsea) led the team with 10 set assists.
Southern Vermont broke the first two games open with extended runs to start the sets. SVC opened up a 14-2 lead in Game 1 with two service aces from Anthony Barahona (Eagle Rock, CA/Eagle Rock) and two kills from Dighton. In the middle set, four Dighton kills propelled a 15-3 Mountaineers lead in the team's 25-10 win. Two Lynx service aces and two Hoevenaar kills kept the Lynx within seven points at 15-8 in Game 3, but a 7-0 run featuring a pair of Contreras kills broke the contest open for an SVC 25-13 win.
With the win Southern Vermont reached the 10 win plateau for the first time in program history, and now sits at 10-15 overall. At 2-15 (2-9 NECC) Lesley travels to Daniel Webster College on Wednesday, while Southern Vermont plays host to Elms College on Thursday in its final NECC game before the conference playoffs.