CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A three-set victory for the Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team at Lesley University Monday night led to the Mountaineers starting their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) schedule 2-0 and move to 5-5 overall on the season.
With the loss, the Lynx fall to 0-8 overall, 0-3 in the league.
The Mountaineers took the match with game scores of 25-14, 25-20, and 25-8.
Southern Vermont junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Las Vegas, Nev.) led all players with 13 kills and nine digs. He only committed two errors on 23 attack attempts for a .478 hitting percentage.
After the teams exchanged points throughout the start of the first set, SVC was able to get a little separation by taking advantage of a Lesley error and put the Mountianeers ahead 11-9. From there, they rambled off six-straight points behind the serving of freshman Alonzo Wright (Chula Vista, Calif.), who was able to nail two aces during the spurt. That run gave them a comfortable 17-9 lead on their way to the 25-14 set win.
Southern Vermont carried that momentum into the second game as it jumped out to an early 6-2 lead. Once again, it was the serving of Wright that led the charge as he served to the first four points of the set.
The Mountaineers would build a 22-15 advantage before the Lynx got themselves back in it. Taking advantage of four consecutive SVC errors and a service ace by Herbin Berreondo (Brighton, Mass.), the Lynx scored five-straight to cut the deficit to two. That is as close as they would get as three-straight Lesley errors gave SVC a 25-20 second set victory. The 20 points that Lesley scored was the most it has scored in any set this season.
The third set was all SVC as sophomore setter Herson Canta's (Los Angeles, Calif.) serving and a slew of Lesley errors allowed the Mountaineers to score the first 13 points of the game. Odom had three kills in the frame while junior Pierre Massena (West Milford, N.J.) nailed two.
For the Mountaineers, Canta assisted on 26 of the 32 SVC kills. Sophomore middle Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) and freshman middle Caleb Odom (Redlands, Calif.) followed Barahona with six kills apiece. Dighton also recorded two digs, two solo blocks, an assisted block and a service ace. Freshman defensive specialist Mikey McCullough (Southborough, Mass.) added seven digs for Southern Vermont.
Berreondo led the Lynx with five kills while freshman setter Jess Cherry (Lancaster, Pa.) assisted 10 of the 13 Lesley kills. A handful of LU players chipped in on the defensive end, led by senior Sean Randall who had seven digs; three others had six on the night.
The Mountaineers next look to a testing Saturday tri-match at Daniel Webster College (12 p.m.) which also features top-ranked Springfield College (2 p.m.). Lesley returns to action Wednesday when the Lynx welcome Regis College for an 8 p.m. NECC match.