BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team celebrated its Senior Day with a pair of 3-0 wins over Lesley University Saturday evening in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC concludes the year at 2-18 overall and 2-10 in league play. Lesley (0-16, 0-10 NECC) wraps up its Conference schedule on Monday with a 7 p.m. doubleheader at Endicott College.
MATCH 1: Southern Vermont 3 – Lesley 0
SVC took the opening set of the day by a 25-16 margin before running away with the second at 25-8. Lesley fought to extend the match in the third and pushed it to extra points, but the Mountaineers finished it off, 26-24, for the win.
Southern Vermont sophomore Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) tallied a match-high 11 kills while adding three digs, and junior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) chalked up a career-best seven kills to go along with his four digs. Olivares led all players with 11 digs, and freshman Skylar O'Dell (Bennington, Vt.) had five digs and four service aces in the win.
LU junior John Gersbeck (Westerly, R.I.) led the Lynx with seven kills and 10 digs while freshman Alexander Genova (Groton, Conn.) had another seven kills and seven digs. Junior setter Karuna Chiemruom (Cranston, R.I.) popped up 17 assists and four digs as freshman Cesar Neves (Cambridge, Mass.) chipped in with six kills in the effort.
The first set of the twin bill was a back-and-forth contest in the early going as an SVC mishap made it 6-6. The Mountaineers then rattled off six straight for the lead, however, with a pair of Dickerson kills. Lesley got back within two—only to see Southern Vermont win the next six, once again, as Dickerson landed another kill and an ace. SVC then closed out the set by winning the last five for the 1-0 edge in the match.
The Mountaineers came out firing in the second frame and stormed to a 14-2 upper hand; four players registered kills in that time with Hayward notching three of his own. O'Dell then served up three-straight aces for the comfortable advantage, and Southern Vermont cruised to go ahead 2-0.
The third game was tightly-contested as the score was tied 10 times while the lead changed hands on three occasions. Down 18-16, SVC rallied for a 6-1 run which included a pair of kills from sophomore Hans Resignac (Philadelphia, Pa.). The Lynx would pull back within one and eventually tie it at 24-24, but consecutive Lesley miscues allowed Southern Vermont to celebrate the victory.
MATCH 2: Southern Vermont 3 – Lesley 0
The Mountaineers won the first set once again by a 25-16 clip before putting the Lynx away 25-13 in both the second and third frames for the six-game sweep.
Olivares racked up match-highs of 15 kills in the win while adding 12 digs for the double-double; he also had four aces from behind the line. Hayward was next with 14 kills and seven digs, and junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) registered a season-best 29 assists for SVC.
Gersbeck recorded another pair of team-highs with six kills and seven digs while Chiemruom had 15 assists and a pair of aces in the effort. Genova notched five kills as freshman Armando Bahena (South Boston, Mass.) chalked up six digs.
After honoring its two seniors, Southern Vermont jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening set with the help of two kills and two aces by Olivares. A 5-1 Lesley run trimmed the separation down to one, but Olivares continued to click and gave his team some breathing room. Hayward then landed four kills during a 7-2 spurt, and the Mountaineers never looked back in winning the first frame.
Points were traded in the front-end of the second before LU took four-of-five to go up by one. Olivares then landed a kill, however, and would go back for 12-straight serves as the Mountaineers stormed to a sizable advantage; he had two aces in that stretch while Hayward put down a pair of kills. Olivares and Hayward each added one more kill through the final point for SVC to put itself one set away from the complete sweep.
Southern Vermont never let the third game be in doubt—winning the first six points to open up an 11-3 surge. After a quick 4-1 Lesley run pulled the Lynx within five, the Mountaineers took the next six to put the lead into double digits. Fittingly, Olivares went up with the score at match-point and made his final collegiate swing count as he landed his 359th career kill to close out the night.
– #LetsGoSVC –