BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College picked up a 3-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's volleyball win over Dean College Friday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC edged the Bulldogs 26-24 in the opening set before topping DC 25-20 in the second. The Mountaineers then closed out the sweep with a 25-16 victory in the third frame.
Next up, Southern Vermont (4-10, 1-6 NECC) hosts Endicott College on Tuesday with first serve slated for 7 p.m. Dean (1-13, 0-5 NECC) looks ahead to its 7 p.m. non-conference match at Regis College Thursday evening.
Mountaineer sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) led all players as he registered a career-high 17 kills, and he also had six digs on the night. Senior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) posted a match-best 16 digs in addition to six kills and three aces while freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) had 15 digs and six assists. Senior Isaiah Backels (Weare, N.H.) totaled 26 assists, 10 digs, and three kills on the night.
Dean was led offensively by freshman John Kauffman (East Providence, R.I.) who had nine kills while adding nine digs to his line. Senior Chad Pelletier (Westbrook, Maine) recorded 15 assists and 15 digs, and sophomore Jaren Brooks (Odessa, Texas) had 11 digs and three kills in the effort.
There were five lead changes in the opening set as neither squad could pull away. SVC went up 22-17 with back-to-back kills by Rogers, but the Bulldogs came clawing back with six unanswered points to take the advantage. After a Brooks kill made it 24-23 in favor of the visitors, however, Backels, Rogers, and Dickerson teamed up to put down three-straight kills and end it. Rogers had six of his kills in the first game while Dickerson notched seven digs.
DC went on top early in the second—only to see Southern Vermont take control with a 10-2 run which was highlighted by a pair of Rogers kills and a Dickerson ace. Dean wouldn't let the Mountaineers get away as kills from Brooks and Kauffman helped make it just a 21-20 SVC edge, but the hosts closed out the stanza by winning the next four points; Rogers posted another pair of kills in that stretch to finish the game with four. Kauffman had five kills on the other side of the court during the second set.
The upper hand went back-and-forth a few times in the third frame until Southern Vermont went on top for good—a 5-1 run putting the Mountaineers ahead 11-8. SVC later pushed it out of Dean's reach with a 9-1 surge making it match-point; Rogers had three kills in that run as sophomore Skylar O'Dell (Bennington, Vt.) had a pair of his own. Rogers then sent down his seventh kill of the game and the final point of the evening for Southern Vermont to pick up its first league win of the year.
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