Solid Hitting Leads Men's Volleyball to 3-0 NECC Sweep at Lesley

Solid Hitting Leads Men's Volleyball to 3-0 NECC Sweep at Lesley

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — After a week of no competition, the Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team got back into the swing of things Saturday afternoon as the Mountaineers grabbed a 3-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win at Lesley University.

SVC moves to 12-5 on the season and 6-1 in league play after downing the Lynx with set scores of 25-14, 25-15, and 25-18. LU falls to 1-14 overall on the year, 0-6 in Conference action. 

SVC senior Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, California) led the balanced offensive attack for the Mountaineers as he connected for a match-high 11 kills while classmate Scott Fitzgerald (Queensbury, New York) added nine kills and five digs. Fellow senior Joey Dighton (Riverside, California) knocked down eight kills while connecting on 8-of-11 of his swings for a .545 hitting percentage. Senior setter Herson Canta (Lagunitas, California) led all players with 31 assists, and senior libero Tino Escovedo (Fresno, California) popped up a match-best 12 digs. The Mountaineers held a 38-19 advantage in kills while swinging a strong .333 from the floor on the day.

Lesley sophomore Tyler Burns (Newtown, Pennsylvania) powered the Lynx with seven kills to go with his four digs while junior Jess Cherry (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) registered five kills, including a team-best two aces. Classmate Chris Barletta (Valrico, Florida) knocked down four kills while sophomore Mitchel Ulacco (Winchester, Massachusetts) set the offense with 15 assists.

SVC broke out of the gate with a 9-3 lead to open the first set and never looked back as the visitors only trailed once throughout the match. Six players connected for kills in the opening set, being led by three from Dighton.

Walley and Dighton powered the SVC offense in the second, combining for nine kills, as the Mountaineers ran away to a 25-15 set win to take a 2-0 match advantage. The visitors would continue to cruise as they jumped out to a 16-7 lead in the third before taking the set 25-18 for the 3-0 match victory.

SVC is next at Daniel Webster College on Thursday for a 7 p.m. NECC matchup while Lesley prepares to visit Elms College on Monday for a 7 p.m. Conference tilt.