BROOKLINE, Mass. - In the final matches before Spring Break, the Nighthawks walked away Saturday afternoon with a pair of straight set losses to New England Collegiate Conference rival Regis College and to the Mount Ida Mustangs. Regis took home a pair of straight set wins; the Mustangs split the day at 1-1.
Match One: Regis 3 – Newbury 0
Nine kills each by senior Sean Bisnett (Oxnard, Calif.) and sophomore Drew Beimel (Redondo Beach, Calif.) kept the Regis (Mass.) College Pride undefeated in conference play, improving to 4-0 in the New England Collegiate Conference, with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-22) victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday at Pappas Gymnasium.
The Pride combined to hit .380 in the opening match of tri-match Saturday, with junior Marcos Aguirre (Norwalk, Calif.) hitting a match-high .600 with eight kills on 10 attempts, committing two errors. Junior Brett Krahl (Santa Clarita, Calif.) also finished with eight kills.
Nighthawks junior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) posted a strong match, finishing with 13 kills on 25 attempts, hitting .360 for the match. Freshmen Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) finished with five kills, while Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) finished with 19 assists.
The opening set was nothing short of efficient for the Pride, who hit .812 from the floor, committing only one error on their way to a 25-10 first set victory.
The second was competitive for both sides in the early going, with the Pride leading by two, 13-11, halfway through the set. Five straight Pride points with Bisnett at the service line would open the scoring up to 18-12. The Nighthawks could only stay as close as six as the second set went to Regis, 25-16.
In the third set, two separate runs of four straight points had the Nighthawks leading 13-10. A Beimel ace and Bisnett kill would tie the match 16-16. An 8-2 run for the Pride would make all the difference in the late stages of the set and an Aguirre kill would finish the set, 25-22, and the match for the Pride.
Match Two: Regis 3 – Mt. Ida 0
Regis' Bisnett remained hot in the second match of the day for the Pride, finishing the match with a match-high 13 kills, while hitting .550, in the Pride's 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-15) victory over the Mt. Ida Mustangs on Saturday afternoon at Pappas Gymnasium. The win gives the Pride the sweep of tri-match Saturday.
Krahl also kept his impressive day going, adding 10 kills to his total, while hitting .692 from the floor. Senior Joe Hanrahan (Coventry, R.I.) finished with 30 assists and two kills.
Mustang's freshman Kevin Vanderhorst (Lawrence, Mass.), senior Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) all finished with five kills each. Sophomore Nathan Sprengle (Williamstown, N.J.) finished with 19 assists.
The opening set was again a good one for the Pride, opening the match by hitting .500 from the floor, tallying 10 kills on 16 attempts en route to the 25-13 first set win.
A closer, more competitive, second set started to tilt in the Pride's favor after five straight points for Regis in the middle of the set to put them ahead 14-10. The Mustangs would put up a fight, getting within three on a handful of occasions, but another five point run would give the Pride enough breathing room. A Krahl kill finished the second set, 25-18.
In the third, the Pride returned to their earlier success, again hitting .500 from the floor in the set, including a match-high 15 total team kills, leading the Pride to the 25-15 third set win and 3-0 match victory.
Game Three: Mt. Ida 3 Newbury 0
Southworth rebounded from his five-kill match against Regis with a match-high 13 kills and 13 digs as the Mt. Ida Mustangs took the final match of the day, 3-0 (31-29, 25-19, 25-20), over the Newbury Nighthawks at Pappas Gymnasium.
Griffenkranz added 11 kills for the Mustangs, hitting .208 with two service aces. Freshman Kevin Vanderhorst (Lawrence, Mass.) tallied six kills. Southworth and Griffenkranz had similar success in last week's match vs. the Nighthawks, finishing the Feb. 25 match with 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
Nighthawks freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) finished with a career-high 12 kills in the non-conference match. Thorne finished with eight kills and an ace. Chavez came through with 18 assists.
An entertaining first set was well within Newbury's control, leading 24-20, looking to close out with three set point chances. The Mustangs held serve on all three chances and had a set point of their own after grabbing a 25-24 edge.
The Nighthawks would hold this time and have two other set point chances in the set. The Mustangs defended a 29-28 point and went on to grab three straight points to steal the set 31-29. The Nighthawks had five set points, the Mustangs had four total set points before converting.
Another close set early on would be blown open thanks in part to a 13-3 run for the Mustangs, helping them to a 20-11 second set lead. The Nighthawks would try and answer, winning four of the next five points, but the Mustangs held on, taking the second set 25-19, finished by a Griffenkranz kill.
In the final set, the Mustangs again found scoring runs to take control of the set. A 6-0 run early put them up three, while a 7-1 run in the middle stages would give them a 21-12 advantage. The Nighthawks would again look for the comeback, winning six of seven points to get within four, but Griffenkranz again silenced the comeback, giving the Mustangs the final set, 25-20.
The pair of losses suffered by the Nighthawks drop them to 3-9 (2-3 NECC). The pair of wins for the Pride bump them up to 9-7 (4-0 NECC). The Mustangs split gets them to 10-8 (1-2 GNAC).
The Nighthawks come back from Spring Break with a March 14 match vs. Ems College at 7:00 p.m. The Pride head from California for a pair of tri-matches in the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational. The Mustangs return to action on March 14 vs. Pine Manor.