Men’s Volleyball Clipped 3-1 in Season Opener at Colby-Sawyer

fernando perez dives on the floor trying to prevent the volleyball from hitting the floor

NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team began its 2019 regular season at Colby-Sawyer College Tuesday night—falling 3-1 in non-conference action at Coffin Field House.

The Mountaineers won the opening set 25-15 before CSC came back to tie the match with a 25-15 victory of its own. The Chargers carried their momentum to take the ensuing games 25-17 and 25-18 and win the rookie program's first-ever contest.

Southern Vermont (0-1) is back in action next Tuesday, January 29 with a 7 p.m. road tilt at Johnson & Wales University.

SVC sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) had a team-best six kills on the night, and he also had six digs, two service aces, and a pair of solo blocks. Senior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) chipped in with 10 digs, five kills, and two aces while classmate Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) chalked up 11 assists and nine digs. Freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) posted a match-high 27 digs in the effort.

A 10-1 Mountaineer run gave Southern Vermont a comfortable advantage midway through the first; Backels, Dickerson, and Rogers combined for three-straight kills to start that stretch and put their team on top for good. The closest the Chargers would get the rest of the way was a seven-point difference as SVC was able to close it out.

CSC started the next frame with a 12-4 lead and never looked back. After the hosts pushed the separation into double digits, Southern Vermont came back to get within six with the help of kills by Perez and junior Hans Resignac (Philadelphia, Pa.). However, Colby-Sawyer answered with six-straight points to gain breathing room once again.

Three consecutive Mountaineer kills helped make it a 10-8 CSC edge in the third, but the Chargers responded with a 7-1 run to extend their upper hand. Points went back-and-forth towards the end of the set for Colby-Sawyer to take a 2-1 advantage on the night.

CSC got rolling quickly in the next set and jumped out to a 9-2 advantage. SVC would climb back and get within three on a pair of occasions, but the Chargers pulled away in the end of the game to finish off the night.