BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College fell 3-0 to Eastern Nazarene College Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The Lions clipped SVC 25-19 in the first set before topping the hosts 25-12 in the second. The third game was close until ENC seized control to garner some separation and finish the night with another 25-19 victory.
Southern Vermont (4-13, 1-9 NECC) is next in action on Saturday, March 30 with a pair of league matches at Lesley University; first serve is slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern Nazarene (13-13, 7-5 NECC) is off until Thursday, April 4 when the Lions visit Endicott College for a 6 p.m. Conference tilt.
SVC senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) had five kills, six digs, and three aces while classmate Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Conn.) had another five kills for the Mountaineers. Sophomore libero Skylar O'Dell (Bennington, Vt.) chipped in with six digs of his own, and freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) chalked up 11 assists, five digs, and a pair of kills in the effort.
ENC was led by freshman Arthur Kossoski (Malden, Mass.) who posted a match-best 11 kills in addition to eight digs and four aces. Sophomore Tim Eddings (Endicott, N.Y.) followed with 10 kills while freshman Brock Pease (Marshfield, Mass.) had nine digs and six kills for the visitors. Senior Brandon Jenkins (Norton, Mass.) facilitated the Lions' offense as he popped up 35 assists on the night.
An Eddings kill in the first set put Eastern Nazarene on top 8-4, but SVC came back with a 7-2 spurt to take the edge; Backels fired across three-straight aces to start that stretch. The Lions would take control later in the frame, however, and went on an 8-1 run aided by a pair of kills from sophomore Samuel Cueva (Swampscott, Mass.). Pease then finished it off with his fourth kill of the stanza—helping ENC register a .407 hitting percentage for the game.
The Lions jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the second frame with kills by Eddings, Cueva, and Pease, and they never let Southern Vermont get closer than three the rest of the way. Cueva would accumulate five kills in the set while the visitors made only two attacking errors on 22 swings for a stellar .545 hitting percentage.
The Mountaineers made a push through the third game to extend the match—forcing seven ties while the lead changed hands twice. Back-to-back kills by Perez and Dickerson put SVC on top 8-6, but Eastern Nazarene answered with a 5-1 run which included a kill and an ace from Kossoski. After the Lions rallied to score seven-of-eight points and go on top 22-15, Southern Vermont got the next three with Backels and Dickerson landing consecutive kills. The Mountaineers couldn't get any closer, however, as a pair of ENC aces and a final kill gave Eastern Nazarene the season sweep of SVC. Kossoski and Eddings had six and five kills in the third, respectively, while Cueva finished the night with eight.
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