FRANKLIN, Mass. – After taking 12 days off from competition, the Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team returned to action Monday night with a 3-2 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) loss at Dean College.
The Mountaineers took the first two sets by 25-21 margins before DC answered to take the third 25-22 and the fourth 25-23. The Bulldogs then finished off the comeback with a 15-9 victory in the decisive fifth frame.
SVC (4-12, 1-8 NECC) is back at home for its next contest with the Mountaineers hosting Eastern Nazarene College on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. league matchup.
Southern Vermont senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) had a match-high 19 kills while adding 13 digs, three assists, and two aces to his line. Classmate Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) followed with 12 kills, 11 digs, and four assists while freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) chipped in with 33 assists and 16 digs. Sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) posted 10 kills and six digs, and classmate Skylar O'Dell (Bennington, Vt.) had 12 digs in the effort.
Down 14-12 in the opening game, SVC rallied for a 10-1 run to pull ahead; Dickerson had two kills in that stretch. Dean pulled within three late in the frame, but Rogers landed a final kill to put the Mountaineers on top in the match.
The second set was tight throughout with the two teams trading spurts. Southern Vermont eventually went up 22-17 with a Dickerson kill, but Dean got it back to a two-point difference soon after. Dickerson and Rogers would register back-to-back kills, however, for the visitors to go in front 2-0.
SVC led through most of the third stanza—only to see the Bulldogs come clawing back and finish it off on an 8-4 run to extend the evening.
DC jumped out to a six-point advantage to start the fourth, but Backels landed two kills to help Southern Vermont come back and take the lead. The momentum swung back-and-forth the rest of the way with Dean taking the final shift to send the match into the fifth.
With the decider tied 8-8, Dean took control and closed out the night with a strong run—taking the contest and splitting the season series with SVC.
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