Albany, N.Y. – The Newbury College men's volleyball team fell to the Sage Colleges, 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23), Friday evening. The Gators improve to 1-5 on the year, while Newbury drops to 0-2.
Sage's sophomore outside hitter Bailey Cecchi (Agawam, MA/Agawam) racked up a team-best 16 kills with a .281 attack percentage, while sophomore middle hitter Ryan Guyton (Lockport, NY/Lockport) added 11 kills. Cecchi was a perfect with no errors in 28 reception attempts and blasted five aces in the action.
Gator rookie outside Zachary Karl (Central Square, NY/Central Square) had five kills with five digs. Sophomore liberoCasey Fitzpatrick (Haverhill, MA/Haverhill) added two digs with 32 setting assists, while sophomore Melvin Tejada (Springfield, MA/Springfield) added 11 digs with four kills. Rookie setter Austin Laverty (Schenectady, NY/Mohonasen)also contributed six digs with two kills and had just one reception error in 16 attempts as the Gators had a .924 reception percentage on the night, while sporting a .157 attack percentage and combined for eight aces.
Newbury's sophomore middle hitter Wade Robidoux (Agawam, MA/Agawam) had 16 kills with a .400 attack percentage in the match. Sophomore outside Joshua Thorne (Oxford, CT/Oxford) finished with eight kills and eight digs with no errors in his 17 reception attempts.
Rookie Luis Aranda (Boyle Heights, CA/Bishop Mora Salesian) connected for 34 setting assists with five digs, two kills and an ace. Sophomore outside hitter Xavier Brown-Rose (Wilbraham, MA/Minnechaug Regional) added five kills with four aces and three digs with three block assists for the Nighthawks.
The Nigthawks will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they remain in New York for two matches against SUNY-IT and Wells College at 2pm and 4pm.
-- Story provided by: Amy King, Director of Sports Information - Sage