FRANKLIN, Mass. - Nighthawks junior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) recorded a game-high nine kills and six service aces as the Nighthawks earned their first win of the season, a 3-0 victory over the Dean College Bulldogs, Wednesday night at Pieri Gym.
Freshmen Tyler Polite (Cambridge, Mass.) and Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) recorded four kills, each. Polite also tied for a team-high seven digs. Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) finished with a game-high 15 assists, to go along with five aces and seven digs.
Bulldogs senior Moussa Seck (Cambridge, Mass.) had a team-high five kills and three blocks. Sophomore Pepe Vieira (Brockton, Mass.) finished with a match-high 12 digs.
The Nighthawks took control early in the first set, grabbing a 7-2 lead. The Bulldogs would recover to get within two, 13-11, but the Nighthawks scored the next seven points to open a 20-11 advantage. Five of the last six points would give the Nighthawks a 25-14 set win.
In the second, the Bulldogs would again trail by two, this time at 10-8. A Newbury run of 7-0 would again open a large advantage for the Nighthawks, 17-8. The Nighthawks would close on winning eight of 11 points for a second set win, 25-12.
The third remained competitive throughout with the Bulldogs leading for the majority of the first half of the set, including holding a four point lead, 14-10. The Nighthawks would regain the advantage and the momentum to grab a 19-18 lead. Errors by the Bulldogs and kills by Thorne would give the Nighthawks the 25-21 third set win.
The victory moves the Nighthawks to 1-3, while the loss drops Dean to 2-5 on the year.
Next up for the Nighthawks is a doubleheader with Johnson and Wales and Wentworth on Saturday at Wentworth. Dean plays a doubleheader this Saturday at Mt. Ida, against the hosts and Pratt.