MEDFORD, Mass. – Southern Vermont College notched a pair of 3-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball victories over Lesley University Saturday afternoon at Medford High School.
SVC (6-13, 3-9 NECC) is next in action on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. non-conference tilt at The Sage Colleges.
MATCH 1: Southern Vermont 3 – Lesley 0
The Mountaineers took the first contest with set scores of 25-11, 25-18, and 25-16.
Senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) had a match-high 13 kills for SVC while adding nine digs and four aces to his line. Senior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Conn.) and sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) each had six kills, and they also posted four digs and five aces, respectively. Freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) popped up 23 assists and five digs in the win.
Southern Vermont jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first game, and Backels then landed two kills and a pair of aces to help his team go on a 10-1 run. SVC grabbed the final four points to close it out—Backels notching another kill before Dickerson ended it with a service ace.
Lesley trailed just 13-11 midway through the second set, but the Mountaineers would then go on an 11-4 run to gain some breathing room; Rogers, Backels, and Dickerson all had kills in that spurt. LU took the next three—only to see Backels finish it with another swing.
The two teams traded runs in the early going of the third, and the Lynx made it just a 19-14 SVC upper hand with a 4-1 stretch. Southern Vermont won six of the next eight, however, as Backels put down back-to-back kills before sending across one last ace to end it.
MATCH 2: Southern Vermont 3 – Lesley 0
The Mountaineers capped their perfect day against Lesley with straight-set wins of 25-21, 25-16, and 25-14.
Backels recorded another 13 kills to lead all players, and he had five digs and two aces in the second match of the day. Rogers posted nine kills and four aces while Dickerson had nine kills of his own in addition to eight digs and four aces. Perez tallied 29 assists, and he also provided five digs and a pair of kills in the win.
Lesley grabbed the first five points of the contest, and the Lynx would later lead 14-10. SVC turned the tables, however, and took to a 9-2 run to pull in front. Service went back-and-forth the rest of the way with the Mountaineers clinging to their advantage before reaching the 25-point mark.
The second frame was tight with Southern Vermont leading just 9-8, but the visitors then went on 6-0 and 5-0 runs to go on top by eight. Rogers would put down a pair of aces and a kill to help SVC win the final four points of the game and give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead in the match.
After LU took a 7-6 edge in the third, SVC went on a 12-3 run aided by three Rogers kills and three-straight points by Dickerson. The Mountaineers would then surge to capture the last six points of the day—Backels notching a pair of kills while Rogers had a kill and an assist to wrap it up.
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