BROOKLINE, Mass. – For the second consecutive weekend, Mount Ida College men's volleyball has won six straight games to sweep a non-conference tri-match. On Saturday afternoon at Pappas Gymnasium, the Mustangs improved to 8-6 on the season with a pair of 3-0 victories over host Newbury College and Southern Vermont College.
Game Two: Mount Ida 3, Southern Vermont 0
Mustangs sophomores Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) and Nate Gyampo (Providence, R.I.) finished with 14 and 12 kills, respectively, in the Mustangs 3-0 (26-24, 25-8, 25-11) victory over Southern Vermont.
Southworth hit .476 in the match, while Gyampo held a kill percentage of .562. Overall, the Mustangs hit .435 in three sets. Sophomore Nathan Sprengle (Williamstown, N.J.) finished with a match-high 42 assists. Southworth also added 10 digs and seven service aces.
Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) again led the Mountaineers, this time with nine kills, while hitting .316. Freshman Bryan Burnal (Riverside, Calif.) recorded 14 assists.
The opening set started in the Mustangs favor, 12-7, but six of seven points for the Mountaineers would tie the set at 13. The sides would trade points for the set, eventually leading to a 24-24 first set score. A Gyampo kill and Southern Vermont error would give the Mustangs a close first set win.
Mount Ida hit .647 in the second set and .824 in the third in a pair of easy set wins for the Mustangs. The Mustangs scored 15 of 18 in the second set to win 25-8. In the third, a 13-3 run for Mount Ida would help in a 25-11 set win.
Game Three: Mount Ida vs. Newbury
In a repeat performance, Southworth led the Mustangs with 12 kills. Freshman Carter Amadon (Athol, Mass.) and senior Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) finished in double-digit kills with 11 and 10, respectively, in the Mustangs 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) win over the Nighthawks.
Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) finished with a team-high nine kills, including a four kill stretch in the second set for the Nighthawks. Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) and Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) finished with seven kills each, while Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) finished with 21 assists.
A 7-2 stretch in the latter stages of the opening set would put the Mustangs ahead 23-17 in a set that was close throughout. The Nighthawks fought back to 23-21 on a number of errors by Mount Ida. A Griffenkranz kill and Newbury service error would give the Mustangs the first set, 25-22.
The second, a set even closer and highly contested than the first, looked to be going to Newbury as they clawed to a 20-17 lead. However, three straight points, including a pair of kills by sophomore Tyler Shinkle (West Deptford, N.J.), would tie the set at 20. After splitting the next four points to 22-22, the Mustangs would finish the set with the final three points, finished by an Amadon kill, to win the second 25-22.
No team led by more than four in the final set, which was again close for the majority of the contest. With the score at 16-16, the Mustangs won five of seven points to edge ahead 21-18. The Nighthawks would again fight back, holding off match point once, but the final four kills for Mount Ida belonged to Southworth, giving his side the 25-22 third set win.
On the day, the pair of wins moves Mount Ida to 8-6, the split moves Newbury to 3-6, but to 2-1 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), while the losses drop the Mountaineers to 2-11 (0-2 NECC).
The Mustangs carry on with a conference match in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) against Rivier on Tuesday at 6:00.
The Nighthawks continue their season on Wednesday at Endicott College at 7:00 p.m., while the Mountaineers play again on Thursday, hosting CCRI at 7:00.