Balanced Offense Lifts Nighthawks Over Gators, 3-0

Balanced Offense Lifts Nighthawks Over Gators, 3-0

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass - The offensive attack of the Nighthawks remained balanced throughout the evening, helping the Nighthawks to a 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-15) victory over the Pine Manor Gators on Tuesday night at Brunelli Court. 

Nighthawks junior Joshua Throne (Oxford, Conn.) finished the match with a team-high nine kills and 14 digs; a season-high. Senior Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) added eight kills for the Nighthawks, while freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) tallied seven kills.

Gators freshman Dion Johnson (Las Vegas, Nev.) finished the match with a game-high 12 kills. Freshmen Derick Speight (Clinton, Md.) and Josh Williams (Hartford, Conn.) added five kills apiece.

The first set looked to be going to the Gators, who led for most of the frame including a five-point lead in the middle of the set. The Nighthawks, trailing 22-19, scored four straight points on three Gators errors and a Fox kill to lead 23-22. Two straight for Pine Manor gave them set point, but Fox closed the door to tie the set at 24-24. The Nighthawks held the Gators to 0-of-3 on set point conversions in the first set and ultimately took the win 29-27 on back-to-back errors by the Gators.

The second set was nothing short of a war of attrition as neither team won more than three consecutive points from 12-10 onward. The Nighthawks were able to maintain a three-point edge for much of the late portions of the set and on set point of 24-23, it was Sepe who finished the second off with a kill to give the Nighthawks the 25-23 set and 2-0 overall lead.

In the third, the Nighthawks took the early control to lead by five, 13-8. With the Gators cutting into the lead, the Nighthawks seized the momentum, winning six straight points, including three Thorne aces to lead 21-11. Another late error by the Gators would hand the set to Newbury, 25-15 and a straight sets sweep.

The Nighthawks have now won two in a row and improve to 5-10. The Nighthawks have no time to rest as they are quickly back in action tomorrow night against New England Collegiate Conference foe, Southern Vermont College. The match is set for 7:00 p.m.