RIVERDALE, N.Y. — The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball started the 2015 season Saturday at a tri-match hosted by the College of Mount Saint Vincent, grabbing 3-0 wins over York College and the hosting Dolphins to start the year on the right foot.
SVC begins the season 2-0 with the pair of non-conference victories.
Southern Vermont 3, York 0
The Mountaineers defeated the Cardinals with set scores of 25-17, 25-16, and 25-19. SVC finished the match with a sterling .771 hitting percentage including a perfect 1.00 in the third frame; the Mountaineers tallied 12 kills and no errors on 12 swings in the final set to seal the win, and they committed just four total hitting errors through the contest.
Mountaineer senior Joey Dighton (Riverside, California) led the team with nine kills, recording just one hitting error on 10 attempts for an .800 hitting percentage. Classmate Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, California) followed with eight kills and a single attacking error on nine attempts for a .778 swing percentage, and fellow senior Herson Canta (Lagunitas, California) assisted on 21 of the 31 SVC kills. Senior libero Tino Escovedo (Fresno, California) popped up a match-best 15 digs in the win, and senior Scott Fitzgerald (Queensbury, New York) ripped across four service aces to go with as many kills and digs.
Southern Vermont 3, Mount Saint Vincent 0
SVC concluded its weekend with sweeping sets of 25-19, 25-22, and 25-21 over the Dolphins. The Mountaineer attack registered a .267 hitting percentage while racking up 41 kills in the victory.
Dighton and Fitzgerald tied the match-high of 13 kills while recording two and four attack errors, respectively; Dighton took 18 total swings to finish with a .611 attacking percentage. Freshman Stewart Ramirez (Los Angeles, California) chipped in with seven kills and two errors on 14 attempts for a .357 hitting percentage while Canta facilitated the offense with 32 assists. Escovedo once again led all players on the defensive end, notching 10 digs to go with five assists.
The Mountaineers now gear up for next weekend's Cairn University Classic, first taking on the hosting Highlanders Friday evening at 6 p.m. SVC then has a rematch with York on Saturday at 12 p.m. and faces off against Lancaster Bible College to conclude the weekend at 2 p.m.