ALBANY, N.Y. – The Sage Colleges' men's volleyball team hosted the Mountaineers of Southern Vermont College on Wednesday evening in the Kahl Gym in a non-conference match and tallied a 3-0 win.
The Gators are now 8-1 overall while SVC drops to 2-5. Sage, which received votes in the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association DIII poll, extends its win streak to six matches.
Sage took the opening set 25-16, while the second frame was a battle with a handful of ties, the last coming at 22-22 before the Gators took it 25-23. In the final set, the Mountaineers took an early lead (10-6) before the Gators rallied. The hard-fought third set was last tied at 20-20 before Sage took the lead for good and tallied a win in the final game.
For the Mountaineers, sophomore middle Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) had eight kills with a .636 hitting percentage in the action. Freshman middle Caleb Odom (Redlands, Calif.) and junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Las Vegas, Nev.) each added six kills while sophomore outside Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, Calif.) and rookie Naphat Suvaroporn (Los Angeles, Calif.) each had five digs.
Southern Vermont sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded 19 assists while he and Dighton had two service aces apiece.
Sage's junior opposite Scott Fitzgerald (Fort Edwards, N.Y.) contributed 12 kills for the Gators with an ace and 11 digs. He finished with a .647 hitting percentage in the match. Senior middle hitter Spencer Hilland (Slingerlands, N.Y.) paced Sage with his 11 kills while junior outside Dylan Krowicki (Little Falls, N.Y.) also had 11 kills. Krowicki had nine digs with a perfect reception percentage as he had no errors in 11 attempts.
Sage's sophomore outside Andy Fishman (Cornwallville, N.Y.) added six aces with eight kills and a solo shot. The three-time Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week, he now has a team-best 41 aces on the season. Senior setter Kyle Ray (Horseheads, N.Y.) dished out 41 setting assists to go along with five digs.
The Mountaineers return to action Saturday with a tri-match at Regis College; they will play Mount Ida College at 1 p.m. and then open up the New England Collegiate Conference schedule against the Pride at 3 p.m. Sage also takes to a tri-match this weekend with contests at Kean University, first playing Kean at 12 p.m. and then the College of Mount Saint Vincent at 2 p.m.