BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team didn't make it easy, but visiting Mount Ida College still worked to a 3-0 non-conference victory Tuesday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The Mustangs edged SVC 25-21 to win the opening set, and they would go on to take the next two by 25-19 and 25-17 margins.
The Mountaineers (0-16) conclude their three-match home stand on Saturday with a 1 p.m. New England Collegiate Conference showdown against Dean College. Mount Ida (11-15) is back on the court Thursday with an 8 p.m. non-league contest at Lesley University.
Southern Vermont sophomore Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) notched a match-high nine kills in addition to popping up seven digs on the defensive end. SVC senior captain El Olivares (Miami, Fla.) registered a match-best eight digs, and junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) had 10 assists, six digs, and four kills in the effort.
MIC freshman Isaac Reed (Keene, N.H.), who spent the first set in the libero uniform, finished with a team-high eight kills while tallying a pair of digs. Junior captain Nate Gyampo (Providence, R.I.) had five kills and a team-leading seven digs, and sophomore Kevin Keohane (Jefferson, N.J.) facilitated the offense by assisting on 35 of the Mustangs' 37 kills. Sophomore Kevin Vanderhorst (Lawrence, Mass.) and junior captain Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) each had six digs while adding seven and six kills, respectively.
A pair of Southworth kills helped Mount Ida take the first five points of the night, and two from Gyampo then highlighted a 6-0 run which put the visitors in front 13-5. SVC would come back and get within one late in the frame, but the Mustangs took five of the last seven points to win the set. Gyampo and Southworth each had four kills while Vanderhorst added another three in the opening game.
The front-end of the second set was a close back-and-forth as there were four lead changes and seven times in which the score was tied. Three Hayward kills helped make it a 10-8 Southern Vermont edge, but Mount Ida then rattled off five straight to open a 13-3 run; Reed had three kills in that stretch while Keohane had a kill and a service ace. After SVC went on a 5-1 spurt to pull within five, Reed closed out the game with his sixth kill of the set for the 2-0 advantage in the match.
Stellar MIC efficiency to open the third saw the Mustangs tally seven kills for an 11-5 upper hand; Reed, Vanderhorst, and freshman Tyler Dorfman (West Hartford, Conn.) each had two of those. The Mountaineers trimmed their deficit to three after a timeout—only to see Mount Ida go on a 10-3 run to open it up and walk out with the sweep
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