Men’s Volleyball Clipped 3-0 by Alvernia, SUNY Purchase in Second Day of Keuka Invitational

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KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team fell 3-0 to both Alvernia University and SUNY Purchase in the second day of the Keuka College Invitational Saturday afternoon to wrap up the tournament at the JMW Center.

SVC (3-15) turns back to New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play for its next match as the Mountaineers visit Regis College for a 7 p.m. first serve on Friday.

The Crusaders' won SVC's opening match of the afternoon with set scores of 25-8, 25-8, and 25-20.

Mountaineer junior captain Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) tallied a team-high eight kills, and he also had a pair of digs and a block assist against AU. Freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) added four kills and an ace while sophomore Marv Figaro (New York City, N.Y.) notched three kills for SVC. Freshman Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) had 13 assists and six digs as classmate Chris Jimenez (Newark, N.J.) also recorded six digs on the defensive side.

Southern Vermont fell behind 10-3 to start the match before getting two back—one on a kill by Hayward. Alvernia stormed to a strong upper hand at that point, however, as the Crusaders won 11 of the next 12 points for a comfortable upper hand. Alvernia then rattled off four straight in the latter end of the game before putting it away with the help of an SVC service error.

AU carried its momentum into the next frame and quickly opened up a 12-3 lead. Southern Vermont came back with a 5-1 run highlighted by a kill from Olivares and two by freshman Carlos Rivera (Washington, D.C.). The Crusaders took the next six, however, to get closer to winning the set; they finally did so as three-straight service aces gave Alvernia the 2-0 advantage in the match.

After the Crusaders jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the third game, Southern Vermont answered to take the lead as Figaro and Bernal each landed kills during a string of five-straight Mountaineer points. Play went back-and-forth with neither side able to pull away until AU went on a solid run late in the set to close out the sweep.

SVC dropped its opening set to the Panthers by a 25-19 margin before the two sides battled to a 29-27 Purchase win in the second. The Panthers then edged Southern Vermont 25-22 in the third frame for the victory.

Hayward led the Mountaineers in the kills column with 10 while Olivares was right behind with eight kills, eight digs and a pair of assists. Bernal registered a double-double with 17 assists and 11 digs, and he also had three kills in the effort. Sophomore Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) had six digs and a service ace against the Panthers.

Kills from Rivera and Olivares helped SVC stake a 6-4 upper hand in the onset of the match, but Purchase then grabbed control with a 12-1 run to go in front by eight. Southern Vermont cut it down to a one-point deficit with the help of an Olivares ace, and the rest of the set was tightly contested between the two squads. Olivares put down a kill to make it 22-19 in favor of the Panthers, but Purchase ended it with the next three to go up 1-0 in the tilt.

SVC went on top 4-1 with a Hayward kill to start the second—only to see the Panthers score five in-a-row soon-after for a 9-6 lead. Southern Vermont responded and would tie it at 11-11 before going ahead 14-13 after a Bernal kill. Purchase rallied to take a six-point upper hand, but the Mountaineers stayed in it and eventually forced the set to go to extra points. The Panthers would get the last two, however, as an ace helped them take the game and grab a comfortable advantage in the match.

Purchase mishaps allowed SVC to go in front 7-3 in the third set, and the Mountaineers maintained some separation through the midway point of the frame. The Panthers started to gain some momentum and won four-straight points to force a Southern Vermont timeout, and they then ran off another four consecutive to make it a 21-20 lead for the Mountaineers. After SVC got one to go up by a pair, the Panthers closed out the contest with five in-a-row to win the match.