CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Facing a solid Massachusetts Institute of Technology squad which entered the night ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division III, the Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team lost 3-1 in non-conference action at Rockwell Cage.
The Engineers improve to 9-2 on the season while SVC falls to 7-3.
MIT took the first two sets with scores of 25-20 and 25-21 before the Mountaineers grabbed a 25-22 third-game victory to extend the match. The hosts then ended the night with another 25-21 win in the fourth frame to stay undefeated against SVC (14-0).
Southern Vermont freshman Stewart Ramirez (Los Angeles, California) led his team with 13 kills, adding 12 digs for his second straight double-double. Senior Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, California) added 12 kills, four digs and five blocks while classmate Herson Canta (Lagunitas, California) assisted on 38 of the 44 SVC kills. Senior libero Tino Escovedo (Fresno, California) tied the match-high of 13 digs, and fellow senior Scott Fitzgerald (Queensbury, New York) chipped in with nine digs and six kills.
Engineer senior Alex Klein (San Diego, California) registered a match-high 15 kills to go with seven digs on the defensive end while sophomore Martin Krasuski (Aurora, Illinois) followed with 10 kills and 12 digs for the double-double. Junior Brendan Chang (Laytonsville, Maryland) facilitated the MIT offense with 32 assists while sophomore Jordan Lucier (Torrance, California) tied Escovedo's 13 digs.
MIT had 49 kills on the night to Southern Vermont's 44, outhitting the Mountaineers .169-.126.
SVC is back in action on Thursday with its home opener, welcoming Johnson & Wales University to the Mountaineer Athletic Center for a 5:30 p.m. non-conference tilt. The Engineers next visit Mount Ida College on Wednesday, match time slated for 6 p.m.