Men's Volleyball Dropped by Elmira, MIT in Day 2 of Golden Flyer Invitational

Men's Volleyball Dropped by Elmira, MIT in Day 2 of Golden Flyer Invitational

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – In Day 2 of the Golden Flyer Invitation at Nazareth College on Sunday, the Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team suffered losses to Elmira College, 3-1, and Mass. Institute of Technology, 3-0.

In the morning match against Elmira, the Mountaineers took the first set 25-23 before the Soaring Eagles won the next three frames with game scores of 25-22, 25-8, and 25-16.

Southern Vermont's most efficient set came in the fourth when the team hit .444 with 12 kills and four errors on 18 attempts. After the first, Elmira hit over .500 for the remainder of the match.

SVC junior Anthony Barahona (Las Vegas, Nev.) led the team with 12 kills while sophomore Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) followed with seven. Sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded 24 assists on the 36 Mountaineer kills, and sophomore libero Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) had a team-high nine digs.

Elmira junior Ryan Gelenitis (Brick, N.J.) led all players with 13 kills, and freshman outside hitter Mike Ellison (Victor, N.Y.) was right behind with 10. Junior setter Michael Vellutato (Topanga, Calif.) had match-highs of 48 assists and 11 digs.

Southern Vermont then faced a tall MIT crew and fought well against the Engineers despite being put away in three-straight sets. MIT battled back from game point in the opening set, eventually taking it 27-25 before downing the Mountaineers 25-21 and 25-19 in the latter two. The Engineers edged SVC 49-38 in kills; however the Mountaineer defense was able to hold a 45-41 advantage in the dig column.

Barahona led all players with 13 kills as Canta assisted 27 of the 31 Mountaineer kills. Escovedo had 10 digs on the match while Canta and Barahona each had eight. Freshman utility Naphat Suvaroporn (Los Angeles, Calif.) added nine digs in the afternoon.

After hitting .138 in the opening set, the Engineers recorded hitting percentages of .380 and .324 in the second and third, respectively. MIT senior Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) had a team-high 11 kills as junior setter Paul Syta (Fairport, N.Y.) led all players with 35 assists on the 38 Engineer kills. Freshman Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) had a match-high 11 digs as Syta contributed with 10.

The Mountaineers, now 2-4 on the season, return to action Saturday when they begin their New England Collegiate Conference schedule with a 2 p.m. match at Lesley University.