Men’s Volleyball Falls 3-1 at Newbury

jesse kelley gets ready to bounce the ball before a serve

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College dropped a 3-1 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tilt to Newbury College Friday night at Hellenic College's Pappas Gymnasium.

After the Nighthawks took the opening set 25-20, SVC came back to tie the match with a 26-24 win in the second. NC then topped the Mountaineers, however, with 25-14 and 25-15 tallies in the next two frames for the win.

Southern Vermont (3-9, 0-5 NECC) hosts Nichols College on Wednesday for its next contest with first serve slated for 7 p.m.

Mountaineer junior Hans Resignac (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the team with 10 kills while freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) had 17 digs on the defensive side of things. Senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) posted 17 assists, eight digs, two aces, and two block assists while classmate Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) had 11 digs and a pair of kills for SVC.

The first set was close throughout most of the frame with neither side leading by more than three until Newbury won four-straight points to go on top 21-15; the Nighthawks then closed it out with their 10th kill of the game.

Backels and Resignac notched back-to-back kills early in the second to give the visitors a 5-4 edge, but the lead would go back-and-forth throughout the stanza. Down 20-13, Southern Vermont stormed to an 8-1 run to tie it up; Resignac and Backels each added another kill during that stretch. Spurts were traded for the score to wind up at 24-24, but an NC service miscue and an ensuing kill by sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) gave the set to the Mountaineers.

Newbury seized the momentum after the court change and went on top 16-5 to start the third game. Service then went traded hands before the Nighthawks took the final three points to end it.

NC grabbed the first seven points of the fourth, but the Mountaineers rattled off six unanswered points later in the frame to get within one. The hosts took control, however, and went on a 9-2 run to gain some breathing room and pull away for the win.