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Southworth Notches 16 Kills, 14 Digs As Men's Volleyball Drops Season-Opening Tri-Match Decision To Eastern Nazarene, Sage

Southworth Notches 16 Kills, 14 Digs As Men's Volleyball Drops Season-Opening Tri-Match Decision To Eastern Nazarene, Sage

MOUNT IDA MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Athletic Center, Newton, Mass.

 

GAME #1 FINAL:          EASTERN NAZARENE 3, MOUNT IDA 0

                                    (Game Scores:  25-19, 29-27, 25-8)

 

GAME #2 FINAL:          SAGE 3, EASTERN NAZARENE 0

                                    (Game Scores:  25-10, 25-16, 25-15)

 

GAME #3 FINAL:          SAGE 3, MOUNT IDA 0

                                    (Game Scores:  25-19, 25-14, 25-20)

 

NEWTON, Mass. --  Senior Bailey Cecchi (Agawam, Mass.) registered 19 kills, 15 digs and three service aces to lead Sage to a pair of 3-0 victories over Eastern Nazarene and host Mount Ida in a non-league college men’s volleyball tri-match Saturday afternoon at the Athletic Center.  The first outing of the day saw the host Mustangs drop a 3-0 decision to Eastern Nazarene in the season-opener for both squads.

 

Senior Ryan Guyton (Lockport, N.Y.) recorded eight kills, eight digs and four service aces in Sage’s (2-3) 25-19, 25-14, 25-20 victory over Mount Ida (0-2), as Cecchi collected seven kills, six digs and a pair of service aces in that contest.  Sophomores Jarod Martel (Albany, N.Y.) and Shane Wenz (Valatie, N.Y.) added five kills each for the Gators, who received four kills and a pair of service aces from junior Zackery Karl (West Monroe, N.Y.).  Junior Austin Laverty (Schenectady, N.Y.) and freshman Ryan Jennings (North Brunswick, N.J.) combined for 29 set assists and five digs in the second triumph for Sage, which received five digs from senior Casey Fitzpatrick (Haverhill, Mass.).

 

Junior Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) notched eight kills and three digs in the nightcap setback for the Mustangs, who received five kills and three service aces from fellow junior Tyler Shinkle (West Deptford, N.J.).  Freshman Isaac Reed (Keene, N.H.) chipped in with four kills and six digs for Mount Ida, which received 18 set assists from freshman Andrew Olague (San Ramon, Calif.) along with four digs from junior Ethan Souza (Acushnet, Mass.).

 

Cecchi notched 12 kills and nine digs in Sage’s 25-10, 25-16, 25-15 middle match triumph over Eastern Nazarene (1-1), while Guyton added seven kills and 10 digs for the Gators.  Martel and fellow sophomore Scott Sanders (Niskayuna, N.Y.) recorded seven kills each as well for the winners, who received 18 set assists and four digs from Laverty.  Jennings chipped in with 14 set assists in the opening victory for Sage, which received 16 digs from Fitzpatrick. 

 

Senior Kenny Sorensen (Quincy, Mass.) registered 12 kills and five digs in the middle match setback for the Lions, who received nine digs from senior Andrew Shaw (Weymouth, Mass.).  Junior Brandon Jenkins (Norton, Mass.) added seven digs for Eastern Nazarene, which received 16 set assists and seven digs from senior Matthew Tyree (Lansdale, Pa.).

 

The Lions opened the day by presenting Head Coach Derek Schmitt with his first career victory in a 25-19, 29-27, 25-8 win over the Mustangs, as Sorensen set the pace with a double-double effort of 16 kills, 19 digs and a pair of service aces for Eastern Nazarene.  Sophomore Andrew Jayne (Quincy, Mass.) added five kills, 11 digs, four set assists and four service aces for the victors, who received 26 set assists and four digs from Tyree in the lid-lifter.

 

Southworth posted eight kills and 11 digs in the first setback for the Mustangs, who received seven kills and a pair of digs from Shinkle along with three kills and four digs from sophomore Andre Foster (Davis, Calif.).  Reed recorded 18 digs in the opening match for the hosts, who received eight digs from sophomore Kevin Keohane (Jefferson, N.J.) along with 21 set assists and three digs from Olague.

 

Mount Ida hosts Southern Vermont in a non-league outing on Friday evening at the Athletic Center beginning at 6:00 p.m., while Eastern Nazarene entertains Pine Manor in a non-league clash on Wednesday evening in Quincy, Mass. at 7:00 p.m.  Sage heads to Chicopee, Mass. on Wednesday evening to square off with Elms in a non-league match that also begins at 7:00 p.m.