BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team bounced back from three-straight losses to grab an important 3-0 victory at Newbury College Thursday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action.
The Mountaineers took the match with game scores of 25-23, 25-22, 25-18. The win avenges a loss earlier in the season in which SVC was up 2-0 at home but ended up losing 3-2.
Newbury came out of the gate strong, hitting .314 as a team in the first set behind first year outside hitter Jake Powell's (Salinas, Calif.) set-high six kills while fellow first year right side hitter Tyler Sayne (Tucson, Ariz.) followed up with four kills on five attempts and just one error. However, the Mountaineers kept pace with the Nighthawk offense and began to pull away mid-way through the set. Tallying a team-high five kills on 10 attempts with zero errors, junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Eagle Rock, Calif.) helped the Mountaineers edge past the Nighthawks to take game one, 25-23.
Southern Vermont did not look back. In game two, the Mountaineer offense exploded – hitting an impressive .424 as a team- registering 15 kills on 33 attempts with just one error. Sophomore outside hitter Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, Calif.) was nearly perfect, notching five kills on six attempts for an .833 attack percentage while Barahona followed suit adding four kills en route to the 25-22 victory.
Finding themselves in a 0-2 hole for the second time in as many nights, the Nighthawks tried valiantly to pull themselves back up. Hitting .375 in the third set alone, Sayne notched four kills on eight attempts while Powell led the way with a set-high five kills, but the Mountaineers were able to seal the deal. First year Alonzo Wright(Chula Vista, Calif.) and sophomore Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) paced the Southern Vermont offense with a team-high three kills while Barahona recorded a .667 hitting percentage to take game three 25-18.
Barahona led the team with 11 kills; he only committed a single hitting error on 22 swings for a .455 hitting percentage. Walley followed with nine kills and one hitting error on 18 attack attempts for a .444 hitting percentage. The Mountaineers collectively only committed 10 hitting errors all match.
SVC sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) assisted on 30 of the 38 Mountaineer kills while also recording eight digs, and sophomore libero Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) led the team with 11 digs. Freshman Caleb Odom (Redlands, Calif.) had four block assists on the night to go along with six kills.
Registering his fifth double-double of the season, Powell led Newbury with a match-high 18 kills on 46 attempts with 15 defensive digs while Sayne recorded a .400 attack percentage following up with 12 kills on 20 attempts and just four errors.
Southern Vermont improves to 7-13 overall, 4-5 in the NECC, while Newbury falls to 7-12 overall, 4-6 in conference play.
The Mountaineers turn to the Springfield College Invitational this weekend with Friday matches against Lesley University (3 p.m.) and The Sage Colleges (7 p.m.); the meeting with Lesley will count for their conference record. Newbury next squares off at home against Regis College Wednesday at 7 p.m. in NECC action.