JOHNSON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team made its second trip in seven days to Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Saturday for a non-conference tri-match. The Mountaineers fell 3-0 to Nichols College, but SVC rebounded to finish the day with a 3-1 victory over the hosting Badgers at Carter Gym.
SVC (3-6) is back in action on Saturday, February 23 as the Mountaineers visit Eastern Nazarene College for a New England Collegiate Conference tri; Southern Vermont will take on Endicott College at 1 p.m. before facing off with ENC at 3 p.m.
Nichols 3 – Southern Vermont 0
The Bison took their first of three meetings against SVC this year with set scores of 25-14, 25-6, and 25-19.
Southern Vermont senior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) had five kills and five digs while sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) had another three kills and two digs. Freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) posted eight digs in the effort.
Up 4-3 in the onset of the first game, Nichols went on a 10-1 run for an advantage which would be sustained for good. The Bison then went on to win the first 11 points of the second set to run away with it and go on top 2-0 in the match. SVC led 9-5 in the third, but a 12-2 surge by NC put Nichols in front and on the way to a sweep.
Southern Vermont 3 – Johnson 1
The Mountaineers won their first set against Johnson 25-19 before the Badgers came back to take the second by a 25-23 margin. Southern Vermont would claim comfortable wins in the next two games, however, with 25-13 and 25-14 tallies closing out the victory.
SVC junior Hans Resignac (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded a career-best 12 kills to lead all players, and he also had six digs in the win. Dickerson notched nine kills and four digs while Rogers chipped in with eight digs and six service aces. Perez chalked up a match-high 20 digs while senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) had 23 assists, seven digs, and four kills.
An 11-1 Southern Vermont run early in the first set gave the Mountaineers a lead they would not relinquish. The Badgers cut it to a four-point deficit on two occasions through the rest of the game, but they couldn't get any closer as SVC finished it off with consecutive kills by Dickerson and Backels.
Down 8-5, Johnson scored five unanswered points to pull ahead. Southern Vermont tied it up and later went on top 23-20 with six-straight points, but Johnson responded with a strong 4-0 spurt to take control and win the frame.
Points went back-and-forth in the third until a 7-2 SVC run—aided by a pair of Rogers kills—put the Mountaineers ahead 19-11. Southern Vermont then finished the game with six consecutive points on the back of three service aces by junior Carlos Rivera (Washington, D.C.).
Johnson won the first four points of the fourth stanza, but SVC chipped away at its deficit before storming to a 12-1 run; Resignac had four kills in that stretch while Rogers and Rivera each had two aces. Service went back-and-forth the rest of the way until Dickerson sent across one final ace to give his team the win.
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