NASHUA, N.H. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team dropped both contests in a Saturday tri-match held at Daniel Webster College which also pitted the Mountaineers against top-ranked and defending national champion Springfield College; SVC fell in three-straight sets to the Eagles in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) match and then again against the Pride in non-conference action.
SVC opened the day with a morning loss to the hosting Eagles with game scores of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-11. Springfield then took the middle match, defeating SVC 25-20, 25-21, 25-21.
The Mountaineers fall to 5-7 on the season, 2-1 in the NECC. Daniel Webster moves to 6-5 overall, 3-0 in the league, and Springfield improves to 12-3 on the 2013 campaign after also knocking off DWC.
In the opening match of the day, Mountaineer junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Las Vegas, Nev.) led the team with 10 kills while Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, Cal.) added four. Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Cal.) handed out 18 assists, and Naphat Suvaroporn (Los Angeles) pulled in a match-high 10 digs.
DWC's Joe Walz (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the hosts with a match-high 16 kills and hit .583 with just two errors in 24 attempts, and added seven digs. Charlie Hendrix (Kane'ohe, Hawaii) added 12 kills, two aces and a team-best nine digs, while Jose Vargas (Lawrence, Mass.) chipped in with eight kills. Ariel Frias (Lawrence, Mass.) dished off 38 assists for the Eagles.
DWC hit a season-best .416 while SVC hit .054. The Eagles finished with total advantages in kills (43-24), assists (41-18), aces (5-2), and digs (34-21).
Against the Pride, Barahona again led SVC with nine kills along with three aces and four digs while Joey Dighton (Riverside, Cal.) notched seven kills. Canta recorded 16 assists with three kills.
Springfield's Evan Acanfora (Lakeview, N.Y.) notched a match-best 15 kills and Brendan McCourn (Southington, Conn.) added 13 and hit .409.
John Coen (Chicago, Ill.) added 10 kills and Eric Johnson (Tustin, Cal.) dished out 38 assists for the winners while Ryan Lilley (Stony Brook, N.Y.) added a team-high six digs. Mike Freytag (Syracuse, N.Y.) chipped in with eight kills and four solo blocks.
Springfield hit .410 overall while SVC hit .178. The Pride finished with 48 kills to 29 from the Mountaineers, while SVC combined for seven service aces.
Facing the first top-ranked team or defending national champion in any sport in DWC athletics history, the Eagles were over-matched by Springfield's height and depth as the Pride prevailed with set scores of 25-14, 25-17 and 25-20 in the day's closing match.
Alistair Matthews (Freehold, N.J.) led Springfield with 11 kills and hit .556 with one error in 18 attempts and Greg Falcone (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) was nearly perfect with 10 kills and no errors in 12 attack attempts to hit .833. Falcone would add five total blocks including three solos.
Mike Becker (Lancaster, Penn.) racked up 35 assists, while Mike Pelletier (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) chipped in with nine kills and Luis Vega (Corozal, P.R.) added eight.
Hendrix led the Eagles with 19 kills while Walz added five and Vargas had four. Frias finished with 27 assists.
Springfield hit a remarkable .514 edging DWC in total kills (41-39) and added a decisive advantage in total blocks (9-1).
Southern Vermont continues its NECC schedule on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. home match against Endicott College, one which needed to be rescheduled from Sunday due to impending winter weather in the New England area. Daniel Webster visits Lasell College on Monday for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup, and Springfield returns to action on Wednesday when the Pride visit Mass. Institute of Technology for 6 p.m. contest.