Men’s Volleyball Swept by Endicott, Eastern Nazarene at Lion Tri-match

skylar o'dell serves up the ball

QUINCY, Mass. – Southern Vermont College fell in a pair of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball matches at Lahue Physical Education Center Saturday afternoon as the Mountaineers were blanked 3-0 by Endicott College and then the hosting Lions of Eastern Nazarene College.

SVC (3-8, 0-4 NECC) is back in league action for its next contest—that being a 6 p.m. first serve at Newbury College on Friday.

Endicott 3 – Southern Vermont 0
Endicott took the second match of the day with set scores of 25-8, 25-7, and 25-9.

SVC freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) had five digs in the effort while senior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) and sophomore Skylar O'Dell (Bennington, Vt.) each notched a pair of kills for the Mountaineers.

EC jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the first set, and the Gulls never looked back. Service was traded before a 7-2 run later in the frame put it away for Endicott.

After a kill by Southern Vermont sophomore Zach Rogers (Bennington, Vt.) made it a 3-2 Gull edge in the second, EC rallied for seven unanswered points to garner some breathing room. The Mountaineers were unable to get back into it as Endicott surged for a 13-2 run to end the game.

With the score knotted at 2-2 in the third stanza, the Gulls took to a 9-1 run for an advantage they would not relinquish. Dickerson and O'Dell had kills late in the set, but EC won the final three points to take the first meeting of the year between the two sides.

Eastern Nazarene 3 – Southern Vermont 0
ENC won the opening game 25-13 before going on to take the next two by 25-18 and 25-15 margins.

Both Rogers and SVC junior Hans Resignac (Philadelphia, Pa.) had three kills while Perez notched 11 digs on the defensive end. Dickerson chalked up five digs, two kills, and two aces as senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) posted eight assists, six digs, two aces, and two block assists.

A Rogers kill helped Southern Vermont take a 3-0 edge to start the match, and a Backels ace later made it an 11-8 lead for the visitors. Eastern Nazarene would storm to a 13-0 run, however, to claim the set.

The Lions then ran off 10-straight points in the second for a comfortable upper hand. Southern Vermont came back with a 6-1 spurt aided by a Dickerson ace and a Rogers kill, and the rest of the frame would be tightly contested. The two sides traded runs towards the end of the frame with the Lions holding off SVC from tying it up.

Neither team could get any separation in the third until ENC rattled off six consecutive points. The Lions then went on a 9-1 run to make it match-point and end the day with their first NECC victory of the season.