Men’s Volleyball Downed 3-0 at Regis in NECC Action

jeff james hits the ball near the net

WESTON, Mass. – Southern Vermont College fell 3-0 Friday night at Regis College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball action at Higgins Court.

The hosting Pride won the night with set scores of 25-7, 25-13, and 25-15.

SVC (3-16, 1-4 NECC) is back in action on Saturday with an away tri-match at Elms College; the Mountaineers face off against the Blazers in a 12 p.m. league tilt before taking on Eastern Nazarene College for a 2 p.m. Conference contest.

Southern Vermont freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) recorded a team-best five kills on the night as junior captain Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) and senior Jeff James (Bowie, Md.) each had three. Olivares also had three digs while freshman libero Chris Jimenez (Newark, N.J.) tallied four digs on the defensive end. Freshman captain Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) notched 12 assists and two digs, and sophomore Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) had five digs in the effort.

Regis took to a 9-4 lead before Olivares landed a kill to get his team back within four in the opening set. The Pride would capture the next nine points, however, to open things up and take a commanding upper hand. RC closed out the game with an 8-1 run to grab the match advantage.

Hayward and James each put down a kill for the second frame to be tied 2-2 in the early going—only to see the Pride take to a 10-3 run to go up by seven. RC would maintain that separation through the latter end of the game before tacking up the last six points of the set for the 2-0 lead on the night.

A James kill helped SVC go in front 4-3 in the onset of the third, but a 15-2 surge by the hosts quickly changed things around. Down 21-7, the Mountaineers won seven of the next eight points in an attempt to force a fourth set with Hayward notching two kills in that stretch. The separation was too much to overcome, however, with the Pride finishing off the win with a 3-1 spurt to remain undefeated in league play.