Nighthawks Clipped By Falcons in Straight Sets

Photo Credit: Katie Collins
Photo Credit: Katie Collins

BROOKLINE, Mass. – An array of attacks and kills by the Albertus Magnus Falcons, led by Genesis Cora Luquis with 12 kills and Ashley David with 11 kills, prevented the Nighthawks from making it back-to-back victories, as they fall 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-12) on Thursday night at Hellenic College.

The depth Albertus managed to use, playing several different lineups and 10 of their 11 eligible players, gave the Falcons an advantage, keeping bodies fresh at all times for the AMC squad.

In the opening set, the Falcons held much of the momentum, starting the match with a 16-13 advantage on the back four kills by David and five errors by Newbury. Despite Newbury winning four straight points to cut the gap to 22-20, the Falcons would close out the set 25-17 on a Luquis Service Ace.  

In the second set, Albertus Magnus would put on a show from the service line, giving the Falcons a 10-3 start to the set. Nicole Beard recorded two aces in the span, David gave her team two kills. Albertus would continue their torrid pace in the set, going on a 14-11 run to overtake the Nighthawks.

In the final set, the teams traded small runs throughout the early portions of the set, giving way to a 6-5 edge for the Falcons. Albertus would win 7-of-8 to lead 13-6, with kills coming from David, Luquis and a service ace from Beard. The Nighthawks could do little to counter the Falcons momentum and would eventually fall in the final set 25-12.

For the Nighthawks, Stephanie Rheaume finished the night with 6 kills. Julia Leggett turned in a team-high 15 digs. Marlen Reynoso finished with 8 assists and 11 digs.

For the Falcons, Jesselle Guzman finished with a match-high 18 digs and three aces. Shay Feeley contributed 28 assists.

The Nighthawks sit at 1-5 and look to rebound back with a win on Saturday against Fitchburg State University. The match is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Albertus Magnus returns to the court on Saturday as well when they face New Rochelle and Rutgers-Newark in a Tri-Match hosted by Rutgers-Newark.