Men’s Volleyball Swept 3-0 by Dean

isaiah backels and zach rogers go up for a block

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College fell 3-0 Saturday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center in its second New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball tilt with Dean College.

The visiting Bulldogs won the match with straight-set scores of 25-17, 25-13, and 25-17.

SVC (0-17, 0-9 NECC) next heads to Elms College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. league start. Dean (14-8, 7-3 NECC) is back in action at the same time with a Conference home contest against Eastern Nazarene College.

Southern Vermont was paced by junior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) who tied his career-high of six kills. Sophomore Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) tallied four kills while senior captain El Olivares (Miami, Fla.) had a team-best 11 digs. Junior setter Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) notched 11 assists in the effort.

DC freshman Diondre Gomes (Fairhaven, Mass.) put up a double-double with match-highs of 14 kills and 12 digs, and he also recorded four service aces in the win. Junior captain Bobby Tetreault (Mattapoisett, Mass.) had 26 assists, six digs, and three kills for the Bulldogs.

Dean stormed out to a comfortable 9-1 upper hand in the first with help from three Gomes kills. SVC chipped away and got within four at 17-13, but the Bulldogs doubled the lead through the final points to take the opening frame. Gomes finished with five kills in the stanza while Dickerson and Hayward each had a pair on the other side of the net.

DC miscues allowed Southern Vermont to go on top in the onset of the second, but the visitors stormed back with a 13-2 run highlighted by three Gomes kills. Dean remained in control the rest of the way as Gomes had another five kills in the game for the Bulldogs to go up 2-0 in the match. Dickerson registered three more kills on just seven swings for the Mountaineers.

SVC took to its second-straight 4-1 advantage in the third—only to see Dean pull in front with a 10-1 run; Gomes ripped off four aces in that stretch. Service was traded through the remainder of the set as DC maintained its distance and closed out the season sweep of the Mountaineers.