Southern Vt. Ties Program Wins Record with 3-0 Sweep at Daniel Webster

Southern Vt. Ties Program Wins Record with 3-0 Sweep at Daniel Webster

NASHUA, N.H. — Southern Vermont College finished a season sweep of Daniel Webster College Thursday night, defeating the Eagles 3-0 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball action at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.

The victory improves SVC to 13-5 (7-1 NECC), tying the program's highest win total with six matches left to go. Daniel Webster falls to 4-11 overall and 4-5 against the league.

The Mountaineers won in straight sets with game scores of 25-15, 25-20, and 25-22.

SVC hit .424 on the night with four players reaching double digits in kills. Senior Scott Fitzgerald (Queensbury, New York) had a team-high 13 kills, adding seven digs, three assists and two service aces to his line. Freshman Stewart Ramirez (Los Angeles, California) followed with 12 kills and eight digs while senior Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, California) had 11 kills to go with eight digs.

Senior Joey Dighton (Riverside, California) tallied 11 kills, eight digs, and two block assists as classmate Herson Canta (Lagunitas, California) facilitated the offense by assisting on 40 of the 50 Southern Vermont kills.

The Mountaineers used an 8-1 run to open things up late in the first set, Ramirez, Fitzgerald and Dighton all notching two kills in the stretch that put SVC ahead 23-12. DWC was able to get a few points before Dighton landed a kill to end the frame 25-15.

The second set saw SVC hold on to a tight edge through most of the period before the Mountaineers went on a 7-2 run with five kills, two coming from Dighton for the 21-15 edge. A final Fitzgerald kill closed it out at 25-20 for the visitors to take a 2-0 match lead.

SVC went up 6-3 in the opening of the third game, but Daniel Webster came back to take a 9-8 advantage. The lead went back and forth before the Mountaineers scored eight unanswered points to go ahead 20-14. DWC utilized a 7-2 run to close the deficit to two, but Walley and Fitzgerald put down kills for Southern Vermont to take the 25-22 third-set win.

The next match for SVC is Thursday when the Mountaineers host Senior Night, honoring seven departing team members before a 7 p.m. NECC tilt with Endicott College. Daniel Webster next hosts Regis College on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. Conference start.