SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Southern Vermont College's men's volleyball team moved to an even 5-5 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play with a 3-0 win over Lesley University Friday afternoon in its opening match of the Springfield College Invitational. The Mountaineers then went on to lose in five sets to The Sage Colleges, 3-2, after coming back from a 2-0 deficit.
SVC is now 8-14 overall on the season. Lesley falls to 0-16 (0-11 NECC), and Sage improves to 20-6 with the win; the Gators lost to Springfield, 3-1, earlier in the day, and Lesley just played the sole match.
SVC 3, Lesley 0
Southern Vermont took down the Lynx with game scores of 25-9, 25-8, and 25-8.
The Mountaineer attack was spread out as eight players recorded kills, three with five apiece: sophomore Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.), freshman Caleb Odom (Redlands, Calif.), and sophomore Anthony Contreras (Norwalk, Calif.). Southern Vermont recorded nine service aces on the match, Odom accounting for three of them. Junior Anthony Barahona (Eagle Rock, Calif.) had a team-high eight digs, and Odom rounded out his match with a team-high five block assists. Junior Pierre Massena (West Milford, N.J.) had four block assists to go along with a service ace and two kills.
Sage 3, SVC 2
SVC lost to the Gators with set scores of 25-23, 30-28, 22-25, 22-25, and 15-12.
Barahona led the team with 21 kills and only five attack errors on 50 attack attempts for a .320 hitting percentage while Odom followed with 15 kills and five attack errors on 33 swings to hit .303 on the match. Sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) assisted on 56 of the 61 Mountaineer kills, and Dighton had four block assists against Sage. Three SVC players reached double-digits in digs with sophomore libero Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) leading the team with 19; Barahona followed with 15 and freshman Naphat Suvaroporn (Los Angeles, Calif.) added 10 while also serving up a pair of aces.
Southern Vermont looks to its 10 a.m. match against the University of Rutgers-Newark on Saturday; the Mountaineers then conclude the Invitational against the hosting Springfield at 12 p.m.