JOHNSON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team ventured upstate Sunday for a tri-match at Northern Vermont University-Johnson and capped the long day with a victory at Carter Gym.
SVC fell 3-0 to Newbury College in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tilt to start the afternoon, but the Mountaineers bounced back to defeat a brand-new Badger program 3-1 in the first of two matches scheduled this season between the squads.
Southern Vermont (2-5, 0-2 NECC) takes the week off before heading back to Johnson on Saturday for another tri; SVC will play Nichols College in a 2 p.m. non-conference bout before lining up with the Badgers once again at 4 p.m.
Newbury 3 – Southern Vermont 0
The Nighthawks won their first league match of the year with straight-set scores of 25-14, 25-12, and 27-25.
SVC senior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Conn.) had six kills and four digs while sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) put up another six kills in addition to a pair of digs. Senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) had 13 assists and eight digs as freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) chalked up a match-best 15 digs.
Neither side could sustain an upper hand in the opening frame before NC went on an 8-1 run midway through the set. Points went back-and-forth until the end when the Nighthawks won the last four points for a 1-0 edge in the match.
After a Rogers kills made it a 5-4 Mountaineer lead early in the second, Newbury rallied for 11 unanswered points to run away with the game.
Southern Vermont went on a 9-2 run in the third to go ahead by four, and SVC later held a 20-15 lead. Newbury turned the tables at that point, however, and won eight of the next 10 to regain the upper hand. The Mountaineers fought and made it a 25-24 NC edge, but a Nighthawk kill put it away for Newbury.
Southern Vermont 3 – Johnson 1
In SVC's first match against a team slated to join the NECC for the 2020 season, the Mountaineers won the opening set 25-17 before needing extra points to take the second at 27-25. The third set went longer as well with Johnson finishing off a 29-27 win, but Southern Vermont ran away in the fourth to capture it by a 25-14 margin.
Mountaineer junior Hans Resignac (Philadelphia, Pa.) led all players with 10 kills, and he also had three digs and two block assists. Backels posted 24 assists, 11 digs, five aces, and four kills while Perez notched a match-high 17 digs in addition to four kills. Rogers tallied nine kills and four digs, and Dickerson chipped in with six kills, six aces, and six digs for SVC.
Southern Vermont led 11-10 in the first set before six-straight points put the Mountaineers on top for good; Backels had two aces in that stretch while Dickerson added a kill. Backels and Resignac each had a pair of kills in the remainder of the game while Perez put down three to help close it out.
Johnson jumped out to an early lead in the second and found itself up 18-9 in the late going. SVC came surging back, however, and would go on a 6-1 run to tie it up. Points went back-and-forth until Perez and sophomore Skylar O'Dell (Bennington, Vt.) teamed up for back-to-back kills which ended the frame.
Eight unanswered Mountaineer points put the visitors up by nine in the third, but the Badgers responded with an 11-4 run to get within one. Johnson then finished the set on an 8-3 spurt to extend the match.
SVC went up 10-1 to start the fourth with the help of six Badger miscues—only to see the hosts answer with a 7-0 run. The Mountaineers took six of the next seven, however, with Resignac landing a pair of kills. Southern Vermont then registered five-straight points behind two Dickerson aces and a kill from the senior—ending the night with a win.
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