Men’s Volleyball Falls 3-0 to Hosting Storm in First Day of Keuka Invitational

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KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team opened up its participation in the Keuka College Invitational Friday evening—dropping its first match of the tournament 3-0 to the hosting Storm at the JMW Center.

Keuka took the night with straight-set scores of 25-18, 25-16, and 25-19.

SVC (3-13) concludes its stay at the Invitational on Saturday with contests against Alvernia University (12 p.m.) and SUNY Purchase (2 p.m.).

Southern Vermont junior captain Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) notched a team-high eight kills while adding four digs and a pair of block assists to his line. Freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) followed with six kills as classmate Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) totaled 17 assists, eight digs and a pair of kills.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set before the Storm came back to tie it up. The hosts took three straight to go in front 12-8, and they would later extend it to a six-point advantage late in the frame. Points went back-and-forth in the backend of the game until Keuka took the last two for the 1-0 upper hand in the match.

An Olivares kill put SVC in front 5-4 early in the second stanza, but KC won four of the next five for a lead the Storm wouldn't relinquish the rest of the set. Three in-a-row gave Keuka a 14-10 edge before winning four-consecutive points to go on top comfortably at 22-14. Serve was traded over the next four points, and the Storm finished it off with the last two to go up 2-0 on the night.

The hosts ran out to a strong 8-3 lead to open up the third game, and neither side registered consecutive points until the Storm tallied three straight for a 15-8 upper hand. Keuka slowly padded its cushion to make it a double-digit difference, but that's when Southern Vermont made a move to get back into it. SVC trimmed it to a seven-point KC lead before three straight cut it to five; the Storm still held set-point, however, and a Mountaineer service error closed it out for Keuka to open up its Invitational with a win.