BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Newbury College men's volleyball team fell to Southern Vermont College, 3-1, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, Tuesday evening. First year outside hitter Stewart Ramirez (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the way for the Mountaineers registering a match-high 14 kills on 27 attempts with just five errors for a .333 attack percentage.
Newbury came out of the gate red-hot, jumping out to the 1-0 match advantage with the 25-16 win. Nearly the entire team recorded a block led by first year outside hitter Xavier Brown-Rose (Wilbraham, Mass.). Brown-Rose was a beast at the net, tallying two kills on three attempts while registering two block assists. Fellow first year, middle hitter Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.) and sophomore middle hitter Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) also finished with two blocks in the set.
However, the Mountaineers rallied back in game two, tying up the match at 1-1, edging out the Nighthawks 26-24. Senior middle hitter Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) was four of six from the floor for a .500 attack percentage while registering two of the teams six total blocks. The Nighthawks also recorded six blocks in the set with Robidoux leading the way with three of his own.
Following Southern Vermont's game two victory, momentum shifted towards the Mountaineers. Hitting a staggering .519 as a team with 15 kills on 27 attempts and just one miscue, the Mountaineers took the third set, 25-13, to take the 2-1 lead. Dighton was a perfect five-for-five from the floor to lead Southern Vermont to the win.
The Mountaineers continued to carry their momentum into the fourth set, registering a .300 attack percentage with 13 kills on 30 attempts as a team. Ramirez, who ignited the Mountaineer offense in the second set, capped off the night leading the way with seven kills on 10 attempts and just one error for a .600 attack percentage as Southern Vermont claimed the game and the match, 25-13.
Robidoux tied a career single-match high leading the Nighthawks with five total blocks on the night while finishing with seven kills. First year outside hitter Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) recorded a team-high nine kills while senior outside hitter Danny Tiner (Salem, N.H.) followed up with eight kills.
Newbury closed out the regular season at 9-14 and 6-6 in the conference while Southern Vermont improves to 16-9 and 10-2 in the NECC. Both teams will wait to hear who they will face in the conference tournament beginning on Friday April 10th.