WESTON, Mass. – Six-straight set wins for the Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team during a tri-match at Regis College helped the Mountaineers move to 4-5 on the season, 1-0 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).
Southern Vermont took down Mount Ida College (4-6) 3-0 in the middle match of the day before sweeping the Pride (0-4 overall, 0-2 NECC) in the Mountaineers' first league matchup to end the day. Regis lost to the Mustangs 3-1 to kickoff the action.
In the second match of the day, the Mountaineers were the victors over Mount Ida with set scores of 25-17, 25-22, and 25-18.
After an early 2-2 tie, SVC scored five-straight points and went on a 12-3 run to push its lead to 14-5 after a Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, Calif.) service ace. Back-to-back kills by Ryan Furlow (Milford, Conn.) and Spencer Hastings (Orlando, Fla.) and an attack error on SVC saw Mt. Ida narrow the lead to 17-12. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the Mountaineers were able to respond and would later rattle off four-straight points to close out set one, 25-17.
In set two, both teams exchanged points early, but Southern Vermont began to pull away. It looked like the Mountaineers might run away with the set, but three unanswered kills by Hastings would keep things interesting. A Mountaineer timeout proved to be a momentum changer as Mt. Ida gave up four-straight points off of attack errors. Southern Vermont was able to close out the set down the stretch, 25-22.
Set three was much of the same story as SVC once again proved to be too much for the Mustangs to handle. Hastings recorded one of his five kills of the set to knot the game at 8-8, but it would be as close as the Mustangs would get. Walley recorded four of his nine kills of the match following the 8-8 mark to lead SVC to the set win, 25-18, and the ultimate 3-0 victory.
Walley finished with one dig and one service ace to go along with his team-high nine kills for the Mountaineers. Junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Las Vegas, Nev.) had five kills, six digs, and a game-high four blocks. Sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) also chipped in with 19 assists for Southern Vermont.
The Mustangs were led by Hastings and the freshmen duo of Justin Rhoden (Corona, Calif.) and Brady Rodriguez. Hastings would finish with a match-high 15 kills to go along with his four digs. Rhoden was close behind with 11 kills of his own, while he also added one dig and one block. Rodriguez recorded seven digs, one block, and a match-high 38 assists.
Regis and Southern Vermont met in the final match of the day in an NECC matchup, the Mountaineers winning with game scores of 25-6, 25-13, 25-9 . Southern Vermont received eight kills from Odom, while sophomore middle Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) added six of his own in the win. Canta dished out 25 assists and Barahona led the SVC defense with seven digs.
The Pride was led by Joe Coye's (Plaistow, N.H.) nine kills, while Dave Amicangioli (Belmont, Mass.) picked up eight digs and 11 assists. Alex Caliendo (Windsor, Conn.) and Chris Ibasco (Hopkinton, Mass.) also added five digs apiece.
Earlier in the day, the Pride dropped the opening match, 3-1, to Mount Ida (25-15, 25-17, 20-25, and 25-22). After dropping the opening set 25-15, the Pride responded in game two by taking an early 9-5 lead following a Coye kill. Three-straight errors by the Mustangs helped give the Pride a 14-8 lead before the Mustangs went on a 5-0 run of their own, including three kills from Hastings to make it a 14-13 game and force a Regis timeout. Back-to-back errors by the Pride gave the Mustangs a 16-15 lead and Mount Ida never looked back, finishing the game on an 8-2 run to win the second set, 25-17.
The Pride raced out to an early 8-4 lead in the third set following a kill from Caliendo, but the Mustangs would not be deterred as a Furlow kill made it an 11-9 game. The teams traded possessions, and after a passing error by Mount Ida, the Mustangs were forced to call a timeout trailing 18-16. Regis kept the Mustangs at bay on a pair of kills from Coye and his service ace sealed game three, 25-20.
Mount Ida was the aggressor in the fourth set as they jumped out to an early 5-2 lead. The Pride battled back into the contest and tied it at 11-all following an Amicangioli service ace and a passing error by the Mustangs. Mount Ida scored five of the next six points to stretch its lead out to 16-12 and the teams traded points until another Amicangioli service ace made it a one-point deficit at 21-20. Coye made it a 22-21 game with his 11th kill of the contest, but the Mustangs took advantage of several Pride errors down the stretch to hang on for the 25-22 win.
Coye posted a game-high 11 kills and added three service aces, eight digs, and four blocks. Amicangioli handed out 15 assists and added 12 digs while Caliendo posted three kills and seven digs.
The Mustangs were led by nine kills from Nick Melillo (North Haven, Conn.), while Spencer Hastings added eight kills. Brady Rodriguez (Longwood, Fla.) dished out a game-high 29 assists and added seven digs, and Ricky Oliveira (New Bedford, Mass.) posted a team-best 10 digs.
Southern Vermont turns its sights to Monday when it visits Lesley University for an 8 p.m. NECC match. The Crimson and Gold will then travel to Lesley on Wednesday for an NECC contest against the Lynx at 8:00 p.m. Mount Ida travels to Johnson and Wales next Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. matchup in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.