BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team was bested 3-0 by Eastern Nazarene College Saturday afternoon in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) matchup at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The Lions won the tilt with straight-set scores of 25-12, 25-14, and 25-17.
Southern Vermont (0-15, 0-8 NECC) turns to non-conference action for its next contest as the Mountaineers are set to host Mount Ida College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for the second of their three-match home stand. ENC (10-10, 5-4 NECC) is back at it the same night with an 8 p.m. NECC tilt at Lesley University.
SVC was led by senior captain El Olivares (Miami, Fla.) who had 10 kills while adding seven digs and three assists to his line. Sophomore Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) tied the team-high of seven digs and chipped in with seven kills offensively. Junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) had 14 assists, six digs, and three total blocks on the day for the Mountaineers.
Eastern Nazarene senior Kenny Sorensen (Quincy, Mass.) led all players in kills and digs with 11 and 10, respectively. Freshman Samuel Cueva (Swampscott, Mass.) notched six kills for the Lions while senior Matthew Tyree (Lansdale, Pa.) facilitated the offense by assisting on 29 of ENC's 32 kills.
Kills from Olivares and Hayward gave Southern Vermont the early edge in the onset of the match, but a 7-1 Eastern Nazarene run put the visitors in the driver's seat. The Lions would extend the separation through the remainder of the set as Sorensen finished the frame with four kills while Cueva pitched in with another three.
ENC junior Brandon Jenkins (Norton, Mass.) followed one of his own kills with an ace to make it a 6-2 visitor lead in the second before three Sorensen kills helped the Lions take to a 7-2 run for a comfortable advantage. Southern Vermont won three straight behind a Backels ace and a Hayward kill, but Eastern Nazarene kept SVC from getting any closer as service was traded until the Lions won four of the last five to finish it off.
Eastern Nazarene carried its momentum into the third—staking a 7-2 advantage to start the game. SVC would chip away, however, by going on a 5-1 spurt with the help of two Olivares kills to make it a one-point difference. The Lions answered in a big way as they rattled off five in-a-row to build a 9-1 surge; junior James Garofalo (Commack, N.Y.) had two kills and a pair of aces in that stretch to help ENC march towards the sweep.
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