Men’s Volleyball Splits JWU Tri-match, Sweeps Pine Manor for Season’s First Win

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team registered its first win of the season Friday night as the Mountaineers blanked Pine Manor College at Wildcat Center during a Johnson & Wales University tri-match.

SVC's victory came after the squad fell 3-0 to the hosts in the first contest of the evening.

Southern Vermont (1-2) now looks ahead to its Thursday home opener with the Mountaineers hosting Colby-Sawyer College for a 7 p.m. first serve.

Johnson & Wales 3 – Southern Vermont 0
The Wildcats won the tri's opening match with set scores of 25-5, 25-11, and 25-5.

SVC senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) had three kills in addition to three assists while junior Davante Smith (Ellenville, N.Y.) and freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) each had three digs on the defensive end.

JWU used surging runs in each set to run away from the Mountaineers. The Wildcats committed just seven attacking errors on 52 swings to chalk up a .558 hitting percentage in the match, and the hosts tallied four solo blocks in addition to another 10 assisted stuffs to stifle the Southern Vermont offense.

Southern Vermont 3 – Pine Manor 0
The Mountaineers' second match of the night was a much different story as the team bounced back to take the opening set 25-20 before going on to complete the sweep with 25-10 and 25-19 wins in the final two frames.

SVC sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) and senior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) both had career-highs in the kills column with 10 and nine, respectively, to lead all players; Dickerson also tallied two digs and a pair of aces in the win. Backels posted 20 assists, three service aces, and three digs while Perez had a match-best 12 digs for the Mountaineers.

With the score tied 11-11 in the opening set, Rogers landed a pair of kills during a 5-0 spurt which put SVC on top for good. The Mountaineers led 24-16 before PMC extended the game with four unanswered, but a service miscue by the Gators then gave the stanza to Southern Vermont.

The Mountaineers didn't commit any attacking errors in the second game and put it away easily after going ahead 11-2 from the start. SVC never trailed in the third frame and scored seven-straight points to go in front 14-6—Backels landing three consecutive aces in that stretch. Service would go back-and-forth the rest of the way for Southern Vermont to close out the win.