Men’s Volleyball Falls 3-0 to D’Youville, Penn State Altoona During Day Two of Elmira Invitational

elmer olivares puts up a serve

ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team was swept 3-0 by both D'Youville College and Penn State Altoona Saturday afternoon during the second day of the Elmira College Invitational.

The Mountaineers (0-6) are back in action on Wednesday when they visit The Sage Colleges for a 7 p.m. non-conference first serve.

D'Youville 3 – Southern Vermont 0
The Spartans won the noon-time matchup with straight-set scores of 25-18, 25-11, and 25-18.

SVC junior Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) tallied a team-best six kills while adding five digs to his line. Freshman setter Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) notched eight assists, four digs and four kills, and freshman libero Chris Jimenez (Newark, N.J.) chalked up a team-best seven digs and three assists.

An Olivares kill made it a 4-4 set in the early going, but DYC then went on a 5-1 run to capture a solid upper hand. The Spartans then won 10 of the next 11 points to go in front by 11 before SVC took four-of-five late in the frame. After four-straight Mountaineer points, an SVC service error ended the game for D'Youville.

The Spartans jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the second set before a 4-1 spurt made it a 10-point advantage. Bernal landed a kill from Jimenez before sophomore Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) knocked across a service ace, but D'Youville took five of the last six to grab a 2-0 advantage in the match.

Dickerson tallied his second ace to make it a 5-3 Spartan lead in the third, and Southern Vermont kept pace with a kill by Olivares. DYC won four-of-five, only to see the Mountaineers rally for five-straight points to tie it at 14-14; Olivares had a kill in that spurt while senior Jeff James (Bowie, Md.) registered one of his own. The Spartans grabbed three unanswered to go in front, and they would end the contest with six-straight points to finish off the win.

Penn State Altoona 3 – Southern Vermont 0
Altoona won the opening set 25-10 before taking the next two by 25-12 and 25-15 margins.

Olivares tied the match-high of seven kills while adding a team-best five digs, and Bernal facilitated the offense with 12 assists in addition to notching three aces and two digs. SVC freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) recorded four kills as James totaled three kills and a block assist.

The Lions jumped out to a strong 8-1 lead in the onset of the first game, and six-unanswered points then made it a 16-3 Altoona upper hand. Southern Vermont sophomore Marv Figaro (New York City, N.Y.) put down a kill before Olivares ripped across an ace, but four more consecutive PSA points put it out of reach for SVC.

James notched a pair of kills early in the second frame to make it a 4-4 game, but the Lions rallied for four straight to take the upper hand. An Olivares kill started a 4-1 SVC spurt— only to see Altoona win four in-a-row to go up by six. PSU would string together eight-straight points with six-consecutive kills before finishing off the set for a 2-0 match advantage.

Southern Vermont went up 4-1 with three-straight Bernal aces in the third, and kills by James and Olivares helped put the Mountaineers ahead 9-5. The Lions then stormed to a comfortable lead, however, as PSU scored 12-unanswerd points to go in front 19-10. Hayward landed a kill before Altoona won four of the next five to make it match-point; a final SVC service error ended the contest as the Lions finished off their win.