LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- In his final home match wearing a Southern Vermont College uniform, senior Anthony Barahona recorded his 1,000th career kill Wednesday night, becoming the first SVC men’s volleyball player in program history to do so, in a 3-0 win over Elms College in New England Collegiate Conference action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The win concludes Southern Vt.’s NECC season as the Mountaineers (12-9, 8-4 NECC) now wait to see how the rest of league action shakes out to determine postseason seeding. The Blazers were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss, falling to 6-16 on the season, 4-7 against the conference.
SVC took the Wednesday sweep of EC with set scores of 25-13, 25-10, and 25-23.
Barahona finished the night with 16 kills to go with six service aces and three digs. Anthony Ayala went facilitated the Mountaineer offense, notching an assist on 33 of the 34 SVC kills; he added a kill of his own, two service aces and two digs in his final home match as a Mountaineer.
SVC juniors Joey Dighton and Scott Fitzgerald followed Barahona with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, both tabbing only two hitting errors; Fitzgerald totaled a .533 hitting percentage on 15 swings while Dighton had a .450 mark off 20 attack attempts. Junior libero Florentino Escovedo registered a match-high with just eight digs.