Men’s Volleyball Swept 3-0 by Elms in NECC Opener

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College fell 3-0 to Elms College Thursday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center in its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball opener.

The Blazers won the evening with game scores of 25-4, 25-5, and then 25-11.

The Mountaineers (0-5, 0-1 NECC) are off until Wednesday when they return to NECC action with a 7 p.m. home match against Endicott College. Elms (8-2, 2-0 NECC) has a full week off before its next competition—that being a 7 p.m. non-conference Thursday tilt at Rivier University.

Southern Vermont sophomore Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) notched a team-high six kills in addition to his three digs on the defensive end. Senior El Olivares (Miami, Fla.) had a team-best five digs while notching a pair of kills, and junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) posted seven assists and a pair of digs in the effort.

Blazer senior Gabriel Levy (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and freshman Jeremy Torres (Juncos, Puerto Rico) each had a match-high eight kills while chalking up five and nine digs, respectively. Junior setter John Dunphy (Farmington, Conn.) racked up 20 assists and three service aces as senior Kahlil Peters (Hartford, Conn.) chipped in with eight helpers.

EC began the night with high energy and jumped out to a 6-2 upper hand before running off 14 unanswered points; Levy had three kills while freshman Martin Acevedo (Carolina, Puerto Rico) added a pair to help make it a 20-3 advantage. Elms then used three more kills—two from junior Jake Johnson (Warwick, R.I.)—and a Levy ace to finish off the frame.

The Blazer momentum rolled right into the next set with six kills and three aces quickly making it a 13-2 lead for the visitors; EC senior Qua'Sean Crowe (Stamford, Conn.) had three of those kills while Dunphy assisted on four of them. Elms then finished the game on an 11-1 run highlighted by three kills from both Torres and freshman Nik Bates (Hampden, Mass.).

Torres tacked up another three kills and a pair of aces in the onset of the third to put his team in front 6-1. Hayward landed a strong pair of kills in a three-point stretch, but the balanced Elms offense continued to click for the Blazers to keep a comfortable lead. After a 10-3 spurt put EC on top by 16 late in the frame, Hayward knocked down back-to-back kills to extend the match. Levy would elevate and slam home one final kill of his own, however, to put it away and give Elms its third-straight win.