BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College was clipped 3-0 Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The Nighthawks pulled away to take the opening set by a 25-18 margin before topping SVC 25-19 in the second. NC then closed out the contest with a 25-13 win in the third game.
Southern Vermont (0-9, 0-4 NECC) is on the road for its next eight matches—the first of those being on Wednesday when the Mountaineers visit Eastern Nazarene College for a 7 p.m. NECC tilt. Newbury (2-9, 1-1 NECC) is back on the court at the same time Wednesday with a home league contest against Endicott College.
SVC senior captain El Olivares (Miami, Fla.) registered match-bests of 15 kills and nine digs while sophomore Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) had nine kills and another eight digs. Junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) chalked up 19 assists and seven digs in the effort.
The Nighthawks were paced by a 10-kill performance from freshman Rory Dobbins (Riverside, R.I.), and classmate Trevor Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) followed with seven kills while adding five digs to his line. Fellow freshman Jeremias Soto (Lawrence, Mass.) facilitated the offense with 21 assists, and sophomore libero Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) popped up eight digs for the visitors.
Southern Vermont had a slim 25-24 edge in total kills, but NC committed just 10 hitting errors to the Mountaineers' 21 while notching an 11-4 advantage in service aces.
The onset of the match was a back-and-forth battle as neither side led by more than two until Newbury rattled off five straight to go up 15-10. The Nighthawks used that spurt to post an 11-2 run, but Southern Vermont stormed back with six unanswered to get within three and force an NC timeout; Hayward had three kills in that stretch while senior Marc Brandmeyer (Bennington, Vt.) had a pair of aces. Newbury came out of the stoppage to win the set, however, as Thorne recorded two kills to help his team take the last four points.
After an Olivares kill aided his team in tying the second frame 5-5, Newbury won the next four to regain the upper hand. Service was traded through the midpoint of the set before a Hayward kill made it a 19-18 NC edge. Newbury made the most of a timeout once again—returning to play with a 6-1 run, which included three Dobbins kills, to go ahead 2-0 on the day.
Dobbins and Thorne each landed a kill early in the third to put the Nighthawks on top 7-3, and they then went on an 8-2 run behind three more Thorne kills to stake a 15-7 advantage. Southern Vermont grabbed four straight points before NC took control to finish off the match with a 9-1 surge; Dobbins added another pair of kills during that run to help his squad collect its first league win of the year.
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