Men’s Volleyball Falls 3-0 in Pair of NECC Matches at Endicott

isaiah backels sets the ball

BEVERLY, Mass. – Southern Vermont College played both of its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball matches against Endicott College Saturday afternoon at MacDonald Gymnasium with the visiting Mountaineers getting clipped 3-0 in each contest.

Southern Vermont (0-8, 0-3 NEC) has a full week off before resuming the league schedule as the Mountaineers next host Newbury College on Saturday, February 24 at 1 p.m.


MATCH 1: Endicott 3 – Southern Vermont 0
In the first matchup of the day, SVC fell in straight sets by scores of 25-5, 25-9, and 25-5.

Southern Vermont sophomore Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) notched a team-best four kills as senior captain El Olivares (Miami, Fla.) had a pair of kills and four digs for the visitors. Junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) facilitated the offense with six assists in the effort.

Endicott took the first 11 points of the opening set and never looked back en route to going up early in the match. The Gulls then won 10 of 11 to start the second frame and eventually took a 15-4 upper hand before Hayward and Olivares landed kills to help make it 15-7. The hosts finished off the frame in a strong fashion, however, by grabbing the final five points for the 2-0 lead in the tilt. 17 unanswered EC points in the third all but ended it for Endicott to win its NECC opener.

MATCH 2: Endicott 3 – Southern Vermont 0
The Gulls won the backend of the doubleheader by taking the first set 25-13 before closing it out with 25-11 and 25-9 wins in the second and third, respectively.

Hayward registered a season-best eight kills while adding a pair of digs to his line, and Olivares had five kills and two assists for SVC. Backels tallied another 12 assists, two digs, and a kill in the day-cap.

Southern Vermont senior rookie Marc Brandmeyer (Bennington, Vt.) served up an ace before freshman Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) followed with a kill to give the visitors a 4-3 edge in the onset of the opening frame. Endicott came back with a 7-2 spurt, however, before running off five straight to go on top 17-8. SVC took the next three behind an Olivares kill, but the Gulls finished it off on a strong note to go ahead in the match.

Hayward and Olivares each landed a kill early in the second to give the Mountaineers a pair of one-point leads—only to see EC rattle off seven unanswered points to start a 15-2 surge and go comfortably in front. The hosts later won four of the last five for a 2-0 advantage in the contest.

Endicott never trailed in the third after winning the first three points of the set. Service was traded as Southern Vermont was down just 9-5, but the Gulls then went on an 11-2 run to open it up. Backels and Hayward each put down a kill towards the end of the game to no avail as EC finished it off to take its second Conference win of the year.