WESTON, Mass. — Southern Vermont College split a men's volleyball tri-match at Regis College Saturday afternoon, picking up a win in its first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) contest of the year.
SVC defeated the hosting Pride 3-1 before falling to Emerson College by a 3-0 margin in non-conference action. Regis then lost to the Lions by a 3-0 tally to conclude the tri-match. The Mountaineers improve their season record to 7-2 (1-0 NECC) while Regis falls to 2-7 on the year and 0-2 in league play. Emerson improves to 6-4 with the day's sweep.
Southern Vermont 3, Regis 1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23)
In the opening match of the day, Southern Vermont rebounded from a loss in the first set to grab a 3-1 win over Regis. SVC senior Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, California) posted a match-high 17 kills to lead the Mountaineers while freshman Stewart Ramirez (Los Angeles, California) added 15 kills. Senior Scott Fitzgerald (Queensbury, New York) chipped in with 12 kills of his own in the win. Sophomore Elmer Olivares (Miami, Florida) led the defense with 11 digs with Fitzgerald adding nine more. Senior Joey Dighton (Riverside, California) had six kills, seven digs, and seven total blocks on the day while classmate Herson Canta (Lagunitas, California) dished out a match-high 47 assists.
The Pride were led by a double-double of 10 kills and 13 digs from Ryan Husher (Camarillo, California). Brandon Tordoff (Coventry, Rhode Island) added eight kills and five total blocks with Josiah Roque (Oxnard, California) and Marcos Aguirre (Norwalk, California) chipping in seven kills apiece. Jon Fuentes (Downey, California) posted a match-high 16 digs while Joe Hanrahan (Coventry, Rhode Island) had a double-double with 30 assists and 12 digs. Brett Krahl (Santa Clarita, California) had seven total blocks with Husher and Roque adding four blocks apiece.
Emerson 3, Southern Vermont 0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-22)
Emerson and Southern Vermont met in the second match of afternoon with the Lions sweeping SVC 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-22). The Mountaineers had two players who recorded double-digits in kills; Ramirez contributed with a double-double by registering a match-high 13 kills while adding 12 digs, and Walley had 11 kills, six digs and a block. Fitzgerald added eight kills, seven digs and three blocks, and Canta dished out a match-high 37 assists. Senior Tino Escovedo (Fresno, California) led the Southern Vermont defense with a contest-high 13 digs.
Leading the way for Emerson was senior Connor Burton (Valencia, California) who carried the offensive load for EC with 10 kills; he also contributed with three digs and three blocks. Junior Jackson Wiley (Los Angeles, California) had nine kills and nine digs, and junior Brendan McGonigle (Los Angeles, California) doled out 26 assists while adding five digs and four kills. Junior Jared Gross (Wexford, Pennsylvania) led the squad with 12 defensive digs, and freshman Stig Regan (Kailua, Hawaii) had the most blocks in the contest (4).
Emerson 3, Regis 0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-23)
Regis wrapped up the day with a 3-0 setback to Emerson. Aguirre posted a team-high nine kills, and Krahl added six kills and three blocks. Tordoff and Ryan Conte each added four kills apiece. Husher had his second double-double of the day with 18 assists and 11 digs, and Sean Bisnett (Oxnard, California) chipped in eight digs as well.
Emerson's Wiley led the Lions with 21 kills and six digs. Burton added eight kills with Nick Rusk (Weston, Florida) chipping in seven kills, five aces, and a team-high 10 digs. Gross added eight digs, and Ben Hillman (South Pasadena, California) had seven of his own. McGonigle dished out 37 assists and added five digs and a pair of blocks in the win.
The Mountaineers' next match is Tuesday when they head to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt.