Men's Volleyball Takes One of Two in 2nd Day at MIT Scramble: Lose to MIT 3-0, Defeat Bard 3-1 (Makes NECC Postseason)

Men's Volleyball Takes One of Two in 2nd Day at MIT Scramble: Lose to MIT 3-0, Defeat Bard 3-1  (Makes NECC Postseason)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College men's volleyball split the second day of the MIT Scramble at the Mass. Institute of Technology Saturday, first losing to the hosting Engineers 3-0 and then defeating Bard College 3-1.

Sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) was named to the all-tournament team with an impressive weekend in which he averaged 6.7 assists, 2.5 digs and one kill per set for the weekend.

While the Mountaineers were playing outside of Boston, Newbury College was hosting Endicott College in the Beantown suburb of Brookline in New England Collegiate Conference action. With the Gulls taking down Newbury 3-0, Southern Vermont clinched the final postseason spot for next weekend's tournament.

MIT 3, SVC 0

The Engineers took the straight-set sweep 25-11, 25-20, and 25-16.

Canta had 20 assists and three kills, adding 12 digs in the match. Sophomore Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, Calif.) six kills with a team-high 13 digs while sophomore Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) added five kills and three block assists.

MIT sophomore Andrew Busse (Mount Prospect, Ill.) led all players with 10 kills while junior setter Paul Syta (Fairpoint, N.Y.) assisted on 27 of the 40 Engineer kills. Freshman Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Md.) had a match-high 22 kills.

SVC 3, Bard 1

The Mountaineers defeated the Raptors in the tournament-ender with game scores of 25-18, 25-23, 17-25, and 25-22.

Dighton and freshman Caleb Odom (Redland, Calif.) each had 12 kills on the match, and Canta assisted 38 of the 45 Mountaineer kills. Sophomore libero Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) had a match-high 12 digs, and Dighton added five block assists and two digs to his stat line.

Bard junior Billy Williams (Livingston, N.J.) led all players with 13 kills and led the team with nine digs. Junior Henry Kasiske (Los Angeles, Calif.) had 36 assists with eight digs, two kills, two block assists and a solo.

The Mountaineers finish the regular season Sunday at home with a New England Collegiate Conference match against Regis College at 12 p.m. and the day-cap of a tri-match with Keuka College at 4 p.m.