Men’s Volleyball Downed 3-0 in Season Opener at Bard

Bryan Bernal serves the ball

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team opened its 2017 regular season Tuesday night at Bard College's Stevenson Athletic Center, falling 3-0 to the hosting Raptors in non-conference action.

Bard took the sweep with set scores of 25-13, 25-12, and 25-18.

The Mountaineers (0-1) are now off until next Wednesday, February 1 when they host SUNY Polytechnic Institute for a 6 p.m. home opener.

SVC junior Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) tallied team-bests of four kills and two service aces while adding three assists to his line. Classmate Yonas Million (Rockville, Md.) had three kills and a team-leading four digs, and freshman Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) tallied another three kills to go with his seven assists for the Mountaineers.

The Raptors scored four out of five points early into the opening set to go in front by three, but SVC kept pace with a Bard error being followed by a kill from sophomore Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.). The hosts won the next three points and would go on to take a 13-8 upper hand. Million landed a kill to trim the deficit, only to see the Raptors score five straight for a nine-point separation. Bard then won five of the last six points to finish off the frame.

An early kill by SVC senior Jeff James (Bowie, Md.) made it a close 4-3 lead for the hosts in the onset of the second game, but Bard took to a 9-2 run for an eight-point difference. The Raptors notched five straight later in the set for a comfortable cushion and closed it out to take a 2-0 lead on the night.

Kills by Million and Olivares helped tie the third frame at 4-4 before the teams traded points through the next few serves. Bard scored three straight for a five-point advantage, and the Raptors then went on to roll off six unanswered to go up 21-11. Southern Vermont went on a late 5-1 run which included a kill by Bernal and an ace off the hand of Olivares, but the hosts completed the sweep with a final kill for their first win of the year.