BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team picked up a 3-0 non-conference Presidents' Day victory over Dean College Monday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC won both of the first two sets by 25-17 margins before topping the Bulldogs 25-13 in the final frame for the sweep.
The Mountaineers (2-8) are right back in action on Tuesday when they start New England Collegiate Conference action with a 7 p.m. first serve at home against Elms College.
Southern Vermont was quite successful on the attack, recording a .270 hitting percentage with 44 kills and only 17 errors.
Mountaineer junior captain Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) put down a career-best 18 kills while adding eight digs and four assists to his line. Freshman captain and setter Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) facilitated the offense as he assisted on 32 of SVC's 39 kills, and he also tallied five kills of his own in addition to his six digs and pair of service aces. Senior rookie Jeff James (Bowie, Md.) chalked up nine kills and five aces, and junior Yonas Million (Rockville, Md.) had 10 digs, another five aces, and four kills in the win.
Dean grabbed the first three points of the night before Southern Vermont answered with four straight on a pair of James kills. The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead momentarily, but the Mountaineers rattled off another four in-a-row to go in front 11-7; Olivares had two kills in that spurt before Million added two-straight aces. A pair of Bernal kills and another from Olivares gave SVC a 17-11 upper hand, and kills by Million and Olivares pushed it to a 20-12 game. Dean cut it down to a four-point deficit, but the Mountaineers closed it out on a 4-1 run with two more kill by Olivares.
SVC jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the second set as James recorded two kills and two aces in addition to a pair of kills by Olivares. Points went back-and-forth as the Mountaineers maintained their separation throughout the rest of the stanza. Million served up two-straight aces late in the frame, and freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) added a pair of kills to keep his team well ahead. Bernal put down a kill for set-point, and Olivares landed his 13th of the night for Southern Vermont to claim a 2-0 lead in the match.
The visitors won the opening point of the third game before SVC claimed five of the next six behind kills from three Mountaineers. A Dean timeout couldn't stop Southern Vermont from running off seven-straight points for a comfortable upper hand—James serving up a pair of aces during that surge for a nine-point lead. The Mountaineers would go up by 12 as James put down another three kills midway through the set, sophomore Marv Figaro (New York City, N.Y.) landed the last two kills of the night to help put the match away and give the hosts their second win of the year.
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