Endicott Sweeps Men's Volleyball 3-0 in NECC Play

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College fell in straight sets to Endicott College Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

The visiting Gulls took the sweep with game scores of 25-7, 25-6, and 25-11.

The Mountaineers (3-12, 1-3 NECC) now gear up for this weekend's Keuka College Invitational with SVC starting the tournament against the hosting Storm on Friday at 6 p.m. EC (10-8, 5-0 NECC) is off until Tuesday when the squad heads to Regis College for a 7 p.m. league tilt between a pair of teams currently undefeated in Conference play.

Southern Vermont junior captain Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) had three kills and four digs in the effort while freshman Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) notched four digs, four assists and a kill. Mountaineer libero Chris Jimenez (Newark, N.J.) also had four digs for the hosts.

Endicott was paced by freshman Bryn Lipton (Rockford, Ill.) who had a match-high 11 kills—all of those coming in the first two sets with seven getting landed in the second frame. The Gull offense was facilitated fairly evenly between three players with freshman Chad Riorden (Fairpoint, N.Y.) leading the way with 12 assists; sophomore Adam Dake (Victor, N.Y.) chipped in with eight and a pair of digs while classmate Devin Racey (Voorheesville, N.Y.) followed with seven helpers.

The high-flying Gulls ran out to a 12-2 lead in the opening set before extending that separation throughout the rest of the game. EC had only one hitting error and 10 kills on 14 attack attempts to grab the 1-0 advantage in the match.

Endicott topped that with 15 kills and just one error on 21 swings for a .667 hitting percentage in the second frame. After grabbing the first eight points of the stanza, the visitors went on carry their momentum for the big win and 2-0 lead on the night.

SVC took the opening two points of the third set before Endicott came back to go on top 7-3. Bernal landed a dump kill for his team to inch closer, and Olivares soon-after followed with one of his own to keep the deficit at three. The Gulls slowly pulled away, however, and then won seven-straight points for a comfortable 18-8 upper hand. EC grabbed the final four points of the night to end it—Drake ripping across a pair of aces for the last two and his team's sixth-straight victory.