BEVERLY, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team fell on the road Saturday afternoon as the Mountaineers lost at Endicott College, 3-0, at MacDonald Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action.
The Gulls knocked off SVC for the second time this season with set scores of 25-16, 25-20, and 25-17. Endicott improves to 11-4 overall on the season and 6-0 in the NECC while Southern Vermont falls to 5-10, 2-4 in conference play.
EC was led by 11 kills from senior outside hitter Brennan Lowe (Malibu, Calif.) and another double-digit kill effort from junior middle Travis Netherton (Waukegan, Ill.) who struck 10.
Endicott won its fifth-straight match, four of which were over league opponents, and improved to 12-0 all-time versus Southern Vermont. The Mountaineers lost their fourth match in-a-row despite a combined 19 kills from junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Redlands, Calif.) and sophomore middle Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) who notched 10 and nine, respectively.
Playing in his first match since sustaining an injury back on January 31, Gull junior setter Carter Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) returned with 15 assists, two kills, and two digs while fellow setter Tyler Bacon (Cypress, Calif.) dished out a team-high 21 helpers with five digs and two assisted blocks in the victory.
EC also saw junior middle Mike Coniglione (Glenville, N.Y.) and outsides Josh Anderson (La Canada, Calif.) and John Osborne (Freehold, N.J.) get involved offensively with six, five, and five kills, respectively. With Endicott holding a two-set lead, freshman middle Alex Wasik (Milford, Mass.) helped the Blue and Green finish the match with four kills on six attempts with no errors while adding a block.
Defensively for Endicott, Osborne led all players with 10 digs and suffered no reception errors on 28 serve-receive attempts. Lowe added eight digs to his strong offensive numbers.
For the Mountaineers, sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) led his visitors with eight digs while dishing out a match-high 25 assists. Freshman Naphat Suvaroporn (Los Angeles, Calif.), junior Anthony Ayala (Pico Rivera, Calif.), and sophomore Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) each factored into Southern Vermont's defensive game with a combined 20 digs.
Southern Vermont freshman middle Caleb Odom (Redlands, Calif.) played a strong match with six kills as well as two blocks, one solo and one assisted.
The Mountaineers return to action Tuesday for a 7 p.m. home conference match against Elms College, and Endicott visits Daniel Webster College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for an NECC contest.