Electric First Set Leads Nighthawks to 3-0 Win at Lesley

Photo Credit: Katie Collins
Photo Credit: Katie Collins

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nighthawks junior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) finished with a match-high 11 kills while adding four service aces, helping the Nighthawks to a straight sets (25-8, 25-18, 25-13) victory over the Lesley Lynx in the One Love Foundation match on Tuesday evening in New England Collegiate Conference play.

Nighthawks senior Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) finished with eight kills on 12 attempts with an attacking percentage at a season-high .500. Freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) added seven kills and five digs. Freshman Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) produced 27 assists on 30 Nighthawks kills.

Lynx senior Jacob DiDomenico (North Providence, R.I.) finished with a team-high seven kills and two solo blocks. Senior Jason Hulteen (Galena, Ohio) added five kills for the Lynx. Sophomore Steven Newman (Natick, Mass.) contributed a match-high seven digs.

The opening set was all Nighthawks, who played close to perfect offensively, finishing the set with 11 kills on 14 attempts with an error, for a season-high in a set .714 hitting percentage. The Nighthawks used an 8-1 run early and an 8-0 run late to win the set 25-8. Thorne finished with three kills and four aces in the first.

In the second, the Lynx and Nighthawks battled for position early, as the Nighthawks led by two, 9-7. On this occasion, it was a 13-7 scoring edge that sparked the Nighthawks offense to their largest lead of the set, 22-14. Although Lesley made a push for late momentum, senior Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) finished the set off with two kills in three points for a 25-18 set win.

The Nighthawks led the third set with four straight points and followed that up with an 8-2 run, forcing a Lesley timeout at 13-7. Following the timeout, the Nighthawks momentum would not be stopped, scoring six of seven points, including three straight Thorne kills, for a 19-8 lead. A Sepe kill, for a 25-13 set win, finished off the Lynx in straight sets.

The victory elevates the Nighthawks to 7-14 (4-7 NECC), who pull into a tie for fourth place in the conference standings with Eastern Nazarene College. The fourth seed hosts the fifth seed in the upcoming NECC Playoffs.

However, before the Nighthawks finish their NECC schedule, they prepare for a doubleheader on the road on Thursday evening with Pine Manor College. The first serve set for 6:00 p.m. The two sides have split their two head-to-head matches this season with both teams earning a 3-0 win.