Men’s Volleyball Downed 3-1 by Newbury, 3-0 by Mount Ida During Tri-match

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team dropped both of its contests during a Saturday tri-match hosted by Newbury College at Hellenic College's Pappas Gymnasium. The Mountaineers started the day with a 3-1 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) loss to the Nighthawks before they fell 3-0 to Mount Ida College in non-league play.

SVC (2-11, 0-2 NECC) is next in action on Thursday with a home exhibition against the Community College of Rhode Island—first serve slated for 7 p.m.

Newbury 3 – Southern Vermont 1
The Nighthawks took the opening set of the tri with a 25-16 win before SVC tied it up with a 25-22 win in the second frame. NC went back in front with a 25-19 triumph in the third, and the hosts closed out the Conference contest with a 25-20 victory in the fourth.

SVC junior Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) had a match-high 16 kills while adding nine digs and three service aces, and freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) added seven kills and three blocks. Freshman setter Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) chalked up 22 assists, 12 digs, five kills and a pair of aces.

A 10-3 run put the Nighthawks in front by eight before points went back-and-forth with Olivares tallying a pair of kills in the backend of the game. NC finished off the frame with four out of six to stake a 1-0 advantage in the match.

Olivares had three kills early in the second to help the Mountaineers go up 10-7. The Nighthawks came back to tie it up—only to see Southern Vermont register six-straight points behind another Olivares kill and an ace off of Bernal's hand. NC cut it down to a three-point deficit before SVC won four of a five-point stretch with two service aces by Mountaineer freshman Chris Jimenez (Newark, N.J.). Newbury stormed back with five in-a-row to get within one, but the visitors were able to close it out as Bernal and Olivares each landed a kill to tie the match.

Four-straight points gave SVC a 9-7 lead in the third, and a Hayward kill later made it a 15-13 advantage for the Mountaineers. Newbury would take to a 7-1 run, however, to go on top. NC tallied another four straight before a final Nighthawk kill put the hosts in front 2-1 for the contest.

NC won three-consecutive points to take a 12-7 upper hand in the fourth, but Olivares soon-after fired across two-straight aces to make it a 16-14 lead for Newbury. The Nighthawks took four-of-five and maintained that separation the rest of the way to close out the victory.

Mount Ida 3 – Southern Vermont 0
The Mustangs swept the second match of the day with game scores of 26-24, 25-8, and 25-11.

Olivares once again led the Mountaineers in the kills column with nine, and Bernal recorded 14 assists in the effort. Sophomore Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) chipped in with three kills against Mount Ida.

MIC went ahead 9-5 before a Hayward kill helped cut it to a two-point difference. The Mustangs won the next three—only to see Southern Vermont rally for a 7-1 run to go up by one. Points were traded in the late going with a 4-1 spurt putting Mount Ida on top 20-18. SVC tied it up three times, but the Mustangs grabbed two-straight points to take the set.

The second frame was all Mount Ida as the Mustangs went up 10-5 before scoring seven straight for a 17-6 advantage. That run ended with an MIC service error, but Mount Ida then ended the frame with an 8-1 spurt to get the sweep in sight.

The Mustangs used a 9-2 run in the third set to take a lead they would hold throughout the remainder of the match. SVC never tallied consecutive scores as Mount Ida ran off four straight to go on top 18-6. Two kills and an ace helped MIC take the final three points of the contest and close out the victory.