BOSTON, Mass. – A trip to Boston, Mass. resulted in the Southern Vermont College men's volleyball jumping out to a quick 2-0 record on the 2013 campaign with 3-0 wins against Polytechnic Institute of NYU and tri-match-hosting Emerson College Saturday afternoon.
Southern Vermont defeated the Fighting Blue Jays with game scores of 25-10, 25-13, and 25-12 and then took down the Lions with set scores of 27-25, 25-15, and 25-19. This marks the first time in program history that the Mountaineers have started 2-0.
In the third set against NYU-Poly, the Mountaineers recorded a .393 hitting percentage, the lowest in the match. SVC junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Las Vegas, Nev.) led all players with 11 kills, hitting a .474 percentage with only two errors on 19 swings. Sophomore Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) was perfect on the match with nine kills and no errors on his nine attempts. Sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) had a match-high 18 assists while Barahona ripped 10 service aces.
A slew of players recorded the match-high five digs: Southern Vermont's Canta and freshman Naphat Suvaroporn (Los Angeles, Calif.) and NYU-Poly's Heming Liang (Somerset, N.J.) and junior Rishi Sarkar (Cherry Hill, N.J.).
The Fighting Blue Jays were led by junior outside hitter Fild Krogi (Bronx, N.Y.) who had eight kills against the Mountaineers. Sarkar had a team-high nine assists.
In the final match of the day, SVC held a five-point lead twice in the opening set to Emerson, however the Lions battled back, eventually taking a 25-24 lead over the Mountaineers. Southern Vermont rallied with three-straight points to take the set.
The Lions took a brief lead in the second set, yet was unable to hold it as a kill from Barahona and then a service ace from Dighton gave the Mountaineers a lead they would not relinquish through the remainder of the game. Emerson again took an early lead in the third, but SVC was soon to take the advantage and carry the momentum to finish off the match.
The Mountaineers recorded 12 kills in each set and limited their errors to five in the second and third after committing eight in the extended opening game.
Barahona again led the Mountaineers with nine kills, but Canta was not far behind with eight and Dighton was on his heels with seven. Canta recorded only one error on 16 attack attempts for a .438 hitting percentage. He also led all players with 18 assists. Barahona finished with a match-high nine digs while Dighton recorded a match-high seven blocks, five being assisted.
Emerson's freshman outside hitter Alex Frapech (Woodland Hills, Calif.) had a match-high 11 kills, yet recorded nine errors for just a .067 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Brendan McGonigle (Los Angeles, Calif.) had 15 assists on the match, and three Lions each recorded five digs.
Emerson defeated the Fighting Blue Jays earlier in the morning 3-1 with game scores of 22-25, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-12.
The Mountaineers take a small hiatus from competition as their next matches will come February 2nd in the opening day of the Golden Flyer Invitational at Nazareth College. They will play at 2 p.m. that Saturday and then Emmanuel College at 6 p.m.
NYU-Poly (0-2) next plays January 29th at 7 p.m. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Emerson (2-1) will look to the January 25th SUNY-IT Tournament where the Lions will face the host at 6 p.m. to begin the weekend.