NEW YORK - The Nighthawks are coming home from New York with a split of tri-match Saturday games, earning their first win of the season over Sarah Lawrence in the second match of the afternoon. The Nighthawks fell 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-16) in their first match against host team City College of New York and followed that performance with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-4) win over Sarah Lawrence for their first win of 2018.
Game 1: CCNY 3 - Newbury 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Beavers sophomore Carlos Maldonado Madrid (Honduras) finished with a match-high 12 kills while hitting a blazing .529 from the floor, leading the Beavers to a 3-0 win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday morning from Nat Holman Gym.
Beavers senior David Cham (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with seven kills. Freshman Abdullah Khalid (Hicksville, N.Y.) and sophomore Seth Diaz (Long Branch, N.J.) each added five kills.
The Beavers looked unstoppable as the match began, winning 11 of the first 14 points to lead 11-3. But, the Nighthawks offense kicked into gear with an 11-2 scoring run to overtake the lead 15-14. However, the Beavers responded with seven of eight points to lead 21-16 on their way to a 25-20 set win. The Beavers hit .276 with 13 kills in the opening set.
The second set was a back-and-forth battle as neither side led by more than three points in the entire set. At 21-21, the Beavers took control by winning three straight points to lead 24-21. The Nighthawks held off the first set point but a service error ended the set in favor of the Beavers, 25-22.
In the final set, the Beavers slowly gained a lead before winning five straight points to blow open the set to a 17-9 lead. The Nighthawks could only get as close as six but a Beavers service ace gave them the straight sets win.
Game 2: Newbury 3 - Sarah Lawrence 0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-4)
Nighthawks sophomore Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) and freshman Alvin Fernandes (Taunton, Mass.) finished the match with seven kills each, lead the Nighthawks to their first win of the season in a 3-0 win over Sarah Lawrence.
Trevor Thorne finished with three more kills and a program record for service aces with 11, while Dobbins and freshman Michael Weston (West Greenwich, R.I) each had two kills. Freshman Jeremias Soto (Lawrence, Mass.) finished with 14 assists and six aces.
Gryphons freshman Divij Kapoor (Ludhiana, India) finished with a team-high two kills.
In the opening set, the Nighthawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead thanks to a pair of Trevor Thorne kills and six-straight aces by Soto. The Nighthawks cruised to a 25-9 set win with nine service aces in the set.
In set two, after trailing 3-2, the Nighthawks blew up for 19 of 20 points to lead 21-4. Trevor Thorne and Dobbins combined for seven aces in the 19-1 run on the way to a 25-8 set win.
In the final set, Trevor Thorne added another seven service aces to put the Nighthawks ahead 16-1. Back-to-back errors by the Gryphons would end the set 25-4, giving the Nighthawks their first win of 2018.
The split moves the Nighthawks to 1-4 this season. The Nighthawks continue their season on Tuesday as they welcome the Emerson Lions to Pappas Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.