Men's Volleyball Preview:
Men's Volleyball returns home following their first win of the season against Sarah Lawrence College over the weekend. The Nighthawks (1-4) welcome the Emerson Lions (2-1) on Tuesday for their only match of the week. Nighthawks sophomore Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) is making the adjustment to outside hitter nicely as he and freshman Trevor Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) lead the Nighthawks in kills, each with 24. Thorne also leads the team with 20 digs and 14 aces, including a program-record 11 aces on Saturday against Sarah Lawrence.
Emerson comes into Tuesday's play following a tri-match split on Saturday with MIT and Southern Vermont. The Lions are led by junior Win Kittivacharapong (Bangkok, Thailand), who has 21 kills after three matches while hitting an impressive .415 from the floor. Classmate Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) has 18 kills this season and leads the Lions with 12 aces.
Men's Basketball Preview:
Close losses have plagued the Nighthawks (4-16, 2-8 NECC) this season as they are 0-5 in games decided by seven points or less, including a pair of close losses this past week to Dean and Elms. Seniors Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) and Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) are still in the top-five scoring in the New England Collegiate Conference. Langston's 21.9 PPG ranks second while Edwards' 18.9 is good for fifth. Freshman Tim Deng (Portland, Ore.) now qualifies for the NECC rankings having played in 60 percent of the Nighthawks games. Deng is second in shooting percentage (56.1 percent) and leads the conference in blocking average (2.4 BPG).
The Lesley Lynx (11-10, 6-4 NECC) start the week of games for the Nighthawks. The Lynx picked up the win on January 16 against the Nighthawks, 99-87. Lesley is led by junior Joey Martin (Melbourne, Fla.), who averages 15.1 PPG. Senior Marquise Johnson (Hampton, Va.) is second on the team in scoring with 11.6 PPG. The Lynx's team defense makes the matchup a challenge as Lesley surrenders the second-fewest PPG (72.1) to their opponents.
Saturday, the Nighthawks travel to Becker (11-10, 6-4 NECC) to face the Hawks in a rematch of a thrilling triple-overtime game that went to Becker 111-106 on Jan. 18. The Hawks are led by senior Sam Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y), who leads the NECC in scoring at 22.7 PPG and junior Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) and his 20.5 PPG, third-most in the NECC. Davis finished with a career-high 33 points in the first meeting between the two sides. Durodola, the conference's leading three-point shooter (46.7 percent), scored 32 back on Jan. 18.
Women's Basketball Preview:
The Nighthawks (14-8, 11-2 NECC) had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Saturday at the hands of the Elms Blazers. It was the first loss for the Nighthawks since Jan. 10 and first in the NECC since Dec. 6. Despite that, the Nighthawks still hold the top spot in the NECC standings. Senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.), junior Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.), and freshman Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) are all in the top-six in league scoring in 2017-18. Spears average of 15.5 PPG leads the Nighthawks and is fourth in the NECC. Olsen averages 15.1 PPG, good for fifth in the conference. Sanders and her 14.5 PPG are sixth-most in the NECC.
The only game on the schedule this week is the Nighthawks Senior Day game against the Becker Hawks (12-8, 8-3 NECC). Spears will be recognized before the game for her incredible achievements over her four-year career, including a special celebration of becoming the Nighthawks All-Time Leading Scorer. As for the game, an important one for both sides, the Hawks are led by sophomore Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.), who is second in the NECC in scoring average at 15.8 PPG. Becker's defense has been incredibly strong this season, allowing just 53.4 PPG to their opponents, best in the NECC and inside the top-50 in NCAA Division III.
The Nighthawks defense has also been stout this season as Newbury ranks fourth in defensive rebounds per game and sixth in opponent field goal percentage in all of the NCAA Division III. Sanders' 265 total rebounds are 12th-most in the NCAA Division III. The Nighthawks defeated Becker in the only meeting this season, a 61-55 win at Leicester Gym on Jan. 13.