BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks junior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Mass.) finished with a match-high 13 kills, while also adding six digs and three aces, helping to lift the Newbury Nighthawks to a straight sets victory over the Dean Bulldogs (25-5, 25-13, 25-14) on Saturday morning in non-conference play at Pappas Gymnasium.
The victory breaks a five-game drought for the Nighthawks. Freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) bounced back with 10 kills on 17 attempts, hitting .471 from the floor. Senior Prince Boateng (Worcester, Mass.) added a career-high five kills for the Nighthawks. Freshman Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) added 27 assists in the match.
Bulldogs senior Moussa Seck (Cambridge, Mass.) and freshman Gabriel McClain (Los Angeles, Calif.) both finished with a team-high three kills, McClain also added six assists. Sophomore Chadd Pelletier (Westbrook, Maine) finished with two aces.
The opening set was all Newbury, as they hit .556 from the field, committing no errors in the first set. A series of 16 service points from Sepe and freshman Jake Corsi (Medfield, Mass.) would finish a 16-1 scoring run for the Nighthawks in the 25-5 first set win. Corsi finished with three aces in the first.
The Nighthawks again controlled the play for the second set, hitting 12-4-22 in the second for a .364 attack percentage. Service points from Corsi and Chavez would be the right combination for the Nighthawks, as Newbury won 16 points on their serves, including an 8-0 run, on the way to a 25-13 second set win.
The Nighthawks remained hot in the third set, finishing with 11 kills on 22 attempts, and despite five errors, the Nighthawks still hit .273. Sepe and Thorne both finished the final set with five kills each, en route to the 25-14 set win and 3-0 match sweep.
The Nighthawks improve to 4-10 with the victory, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-16. A critical stretch of games starts this week for the Nighthawks, who will play four matches in a five-day span, starting with a Tuesday night, non-conference match, at Pine Manor College. The match is set for 7:00 p.m.