QUINCY, Mass. – Southern Vermont College fell 3-0 to Eastern Nazarene College Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball action at Lahue PE Center.
SVC dropped the first game 25-18 before ENC dominated in the second to win it 25-4. The Lions then capped the evening with a 25-16 victory in the third to sweep the league contest.
The Mountaineers (0-10, 0-5 NECC) next head to Keuka Park, N.Y. this weekend for the Keuka College Invitational; SVC starts its participation in the event at 7 p.m. on Friday against Purchase College.
Southern Vermont senior captain El Olivares (Miami, Fla.) notched a team-leading five kills while adding five digs on the night. Sophomore Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) chipped in with another three kills, five digs, and a solo block while junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) registered five assists, five digs, and a pair of block assists.
Service in the opening set went back-and-forth until Southern Vermont won three-of-four to go up 8-6. The Lions came back with an 11-2 run, however, to jump on top. ENC then took seven of a nine-point stretch to extend the difference into double digits. SVC went on a 4-1 spurt behind an Olivares kill and an ace from freshman Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.), but the hosts were able to end that late push and take an early edge in the match.
Eastern Nazarene stormed out to a comfortable lead in the second by winning the first 14 points of the game. Four-straight aces then helped the Lions take the final six points and go up 2-0 on the night.
An Olivares kill early in the third helped cut it to a 6-4 ENC advantage, but the hosts then went on a 9-2 run to open it up. Olivares put down another pair of kills as SVC won five out of the next seven—only to see Eastern Nazarene come back and take the ensuing four points for a 21-11 upper hand. Scoring was traded through the rest of the frame as the Lions finished it off to win the first meeting of the year between the two sides.
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