SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team lost two matches in the second day of the Springfield College Invitational Saturday at Blake Arena. The Mountaineers dropped to the University of Rutgers-Newark 3-1 before being swept by No. 2 Springfield College, 3-0.
Southern Vermont drops to 8-16 on the season with the losses while Rutgers-Newark moves to 4-16 after being defeated 3-2 by The Sage Colleges Saturday afternoon. Springfield, riding a 16-match winning streak, improves to 23-3.
Rutgers-Newark 3, SVC 1
The Scarlet Raiders defeated SVC with game scores of 25-21, 20-25, 25-14, and 25-22.
Southern Vermont was able to record a .394 hitting percentage in the second set of the morning match, but totaled 18 hitting errors on the contest in the loss. Mountaineer junior Anthony Barahona (Eagle Rock, Calif.) led the team with 14 kills while freshman Caleb Odom (Redlands, Calif.) followed up with 10. Sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) assisted on 38 of the 45 SVC kills, and sophomore libero Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) had 10 digs. Odom and sophomore Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) had four block assists apiece while Odom added a solo; Dighton also had nine kills in the match.
Three Rutgers-Newark players reached double-digits in kills with sophomore Manuel Felipez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) leading all players with 19. Freshman Cody Chidsey (Bath, Pa.) had 16 while freshman Colin Ferguson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) added 14. Freshman Adrian Lopez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) recorded 54 assists and added a match-high 11 digs.
Springfield 3, SVC 0
Springfield won the afternoon match in straight sets, 25-16, 25-11, and 25-9.
The Pride were able to hold the Mountaineers to an even .000 hitting percentage across the match while posting a .627 percentage themselves.
Barahona again led Southern Vermont with nine kills as Odom was next in suit with six; Dighton had four in the match. Canta assisted 17 SVC kills, and Escovedo, Canta and junior Anthony Ayala (Pico Rivera, Calif.) had three digs apiece.
Pride senior Mike Pelletier (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) recorded a match-high 11 kills, committing no errors on 15 swings for a .733 hitting percentage. Senior setter Mike Becker (Lancaster, Pa.) had 25 assists while sophomore Keaton Pieper (Kettering, Ohio) added 10. Junior libero Nick Ferry (Valencia, Calif.) led all players with eight digs.
The Mountaineers return to New England Collegiate Conference action Wednesday with a 7 p.m. match at Elms College.