Men’s Volleyball Splits NECC Tri at Endicott with 3-0 Win Over Lesley, 3-0 Loss to Gulls

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BEVERLY, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball hit team the road Saturday for a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tri-match at Endicott College, and the Mountaineers defeated Lesley University 3-0 before getting swept by the hosting Gulls at MacDonald Gymnasium.

SVC (5-20, 2-8) now sets its sights on its final two regular season contests—the first being a Wednesday home match at 7 p.m. against Regis College.

The Mountaineers won their opening tilt with straight-set scores of 25-13, 25-15, and 25-16.

SVC freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) led all players with a match-high six kills, and he also had a pair of block assists and an ace. Classmate and captain Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) tallied 16 assists, eight digs, four kills, and four aces while junior Yonas Million (Rockville, Md.) registered seven digs, four kills, and a pair of aces.

Mountaineer senior Jeff James (Bowie, Md.) chalked up another four kills and five total blocks, and sophomore Marv Figaro (New York City, N.Y.) had four kills and three block assists of his own. Sophomore Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) notched three blocks, two kills, two aces, and a team-high nine digs in the win.

Southern Vermont stormed out to a 9-1 lead in the onset of the match with Bernal tallying two aces and a kill during that stretch. Up 13-6, the Mountaineers won seven of the next eight points with Bernal and Hayward each landing a kill for the big upper hand. The Lynx would take to a 4-1 spurt late in the frame, but it would not be enough as Million finished it off with a kill and ensuing service ace.

Lesley held a 10-9 edge in the second before points went back-and-forth to tie it at 12-12. Southern Vermont allowed LU to only score three more times the rest of the way as the Mountaineers surged to a 2-0 advantage in the match. James and Dickerson each put down a pair of kills in the backend of the game while Figaro and Million added one apiece.

SVC won the first three points of the third set—only to see the Lynx come back to go on top 7-5. Southern Vermont would quickly turn the tables by scoring six unanswered points with the help of kills by Figaro and Bernal. The Mountaineers took to a 6-1 run soon-after as Hayward and James each landed an attack, but Lesley cut its deficit in half to make it a 19-15 margin in favor of SVC. James and Figaro teamed up for back-to-back kills, however, to spark another 6-1 spurt that closed out the frame and the match.

The Gulls grabbed the season sweep of Southern Vermont with game wins of 25-10, 25-9, and 25-16 in the final contest of the day.

Hayward tied the match-high of seven kills in the effort while Million had three kills and four digs. Bernal recorded 12 assists, seven digs and three service aces, and James added two kills and a solo block.

EC jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the opening set before James registered his first kill, and the Gulls then extended that to a 15-4 upper hand midway through the frame. Million and Dickerson each put down a kill at the end of the game, but it wouldn't be enough as the hosts took the advantage in the match.

A Hayward kill helped make it a 6-3 Endicott edge to start the second, but the Gulls won seven of the next eight to go in front comfortably and force an SVC timeout. Endicott went on another 7-1 run later in the stanza en route to staking a 2-0 lead in the contest.

Two Bernal aces and a Hayward kill put the Mountaineers in front 3-1 in the third, but EC came back to tally a slim upper hand. Million put down a kill to tie it at 5-5—only to see the Gulls regain the edge. After Southern Vermont went on a 4-1 spurt with Hayward and Dickerson registering back-to-back kills, Endicott stormed to a 10-1 run for a nine-point lead. Hayward and James each put down a kill towards the end of the set, but EC notched the final two points to remain undefeated in league play.