Nighthawks Fall to Lions in Front Half of Home-and-Home

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

BOSTON, Mass. - Behind sophomore Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) match-high 17 kills and seven aces, the Emerson men's volleyball team notched its second straight victory in a 3-1 win over the visiting Newbury College Nighthawks in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday night. Emerson took the first set (25-10) before Newbury evened the match (25-20), but the Lions went on the take the final two sets (26-5, 25-15).

Along with Kittivatchrapong's strong offense performance, he also added three blocks, accounting for 25.5 points in the match. Freshman Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.) led the Lions with nine digs, while junior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) powered out a match-high 38 helpers.

Nighthawks junior Joshua Throne (Oxford, Conn.) paced the team with seven kills, while senior Elliott Pollard (Tacoma, Wash.) registered 12 assists and freshman Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) recorded six digs.

The opening set was all Emerson, as they hit .533 in the opening frame, to take a 1-0 lead following a 25-10 set vicotry. Kittivatcharapong scored 12 points in the opening set.

In set two, after Emerson squared the set at 4-4, Newbury embarked on a 9-4 run to gain the 12-7 lead over the Lions and never looked back as they took the second set, 25-20. Throne had five kills and a block in the set.

In the third set, the Lions regained control, hitting a match-high .650 in the set, leading to a 25-6 third set win. A 9-0 Lions run contributed to the lopsided set.

The fourth set was close through the middle of the frame, but the Lions would break the deadlock, embarking on a 6-1 run to command a 20-13 lead. The Nighthawks got back to within five, but the final five points went to Emerson, closing out the set and match 25-15. 

The Nighthawks fall to 0-2 (0-1 NECC) with the loss on Tuesday and have a week off in advance of the back half of this home-and-home series. The Nighthawks will host the Lions on Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Nighthawks home opener.