Nighthawks Drop Pair of Tough Battles on Tri-Match Saturday

Nighthawks Drop Pair of Tough Battles on Tri-Match Saturday

MATCH ONE: Mount Ida 3 – Newbury 0

BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Mustangs offense was the definition of balanced in the opening match of tri-match Saturday as five Mustangs finished with at least seven kills, leading Mount Ida to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21) victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday in non-conference play.

Mustangs junior Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) and sophomore Kevin Vanderhorst (Lawrence, Mass.) finished with nine kills each. Southworth added a match-high 19 digs. Junior Nate Gyampo (Providence, R.I.) and sophomore Andre Foster (Davis, Calif.) added eight kills each while junior Tyler Shinkle (West Deptford, N.J.) finished with seven kills.

Nighthawks senior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) returned to form with a season-high nine kills. Freshman Rory Dobbins (Riverside, R.I.) stayed hot with eight kills while freshman Trevor Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) added seven kills and nine digs.

In the opening set, the Mustangs took firm control of the action with an 11-4 scoring run, giving the Mustangs an 18-11 lead. The Nighthawks pulled within four but an ace by Foster finished the set in favor of Mount Ida. The Mustangs hit .310 in the opening set.

In the second, momentum swung back and forth with neither team leading by more than three through most of the set. With the score tied 16-16, the Mustangs would embark on a 6-1 run to lead 22-17. Newbury responded with four points to trail 22-21, however, the Mustangs took control back and back-to-back Nighthawks errors gave the Mustangs the 25-22 set win.

The third set was very similar to the second as the sides battled for position. The Mustangs looked poised for the straight set sweep leading 19-16, but the Nighthawks went on an 8-1 run to charge back to a 24-20 lead. A Mustang error gave the Nighthawks the third set, 25-21.

In the fourth, the close battle continued with another set coming down to the final moments. At 19-19, the Mustangs scored three straight to create the separation they needed. Back-to-back Nighthawks errors would again end the set, giving the Mustangs the set and match victory.


MATCH TWO: Dean 3 – Newbury 2

Bulldogs freshman Diondre Gomes (Fairhaven, Mass.) finished with a match-high 23 kills, leading the Dean Bulldogs to a 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-8) victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.

The 23 kills are a career-high for Gomes, as are the 15 digs he recorded. Freshman Joel Carmona (Lawrence, Mass.) matched a career-high with 17 kills while hitting a team-high .375 from the floor. Freshman Juan Fernando Ruelas-Garcia (Milford, Mass.) added 14 kills for the Bulldogs.

Nighthawks freshman Trevor Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) finished with a career-high 16 kills, hitting .205 from the floor. Freshman Rory Dobbins (Riverside, R.I.) also finished with a career-high 14 kills and hit a match-best .385 in the match. Senior Trevor Thorne (Oxford, Mass.) finished with a season-high 14 kills. Sophomore Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) finished with a match-high 17 digs.

Trailing 2-1 after three sets, the Bulldogs made a statement early in the set, jumping out to a 12-6 lead. The Bulldogs maintained plenty of distance and left no doubt after a 10-5 scoring run later in the set. A Nighthawks error and kill from Ruelas-Garcia gave the Bulldogs the 25-16 set win and squared the match at 2-2.

In the tiebreaker, the Bulldogs created separation by scoring five-of-six points to lead 10-6. The Nighthawks cut the deficit to just two, but the Bulldogs scored the final five points of the match, giving them the 15-8 set win and the comeback victory.

The win moves the Bulldogs to 7-7 (2-2 NECC) while the pair of losses for the Nighthawks drops them to 2-12 (1-3 NECC).

The Nighthawks continue their season with a road match with conference opponent Lesley University on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.