The Newbury College men's volleyball team fell to Southern Vermont College, 3-0, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, Thursday evening. Junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Eagle Rock, Calif.) guided the Mountaineers to the season split with the Nighthawks, notching 11 kills on 22 attempts with just one error for a match-high .455 attack percentage.
Newbury came out of the gate strong, hitting .314 as a team in the first set behind first year outside hitter Jake Powell's (Salinas, Calif.) set-high six kills while fellow first year right side hitter Tyler Sayne (Tucson, Ariz.) followed up with four kills on five attempts and just one error. However, the Mountaineers kept pace with the Nighthawk offense and began to pull away mid-way through the set. Tallying a team-high five kills on 10 attempts with zero errors, Barahona helped the Mountaineers edge past the Nighthawks to take game one, 25-23.
Southern Vermont did not look back. In game two, the Mountaineer offense exploded – hitting an impressive .424 as a team, registering 15 kills on 33 attempts with just one error. Sophomore outside hitter Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, Calif.) was nearly perfect, notching five kills on six attempts and for a .833 attack percentage while Barahona followed suit adding four kills en route to the 25-22 victory.
Finding themselves in a 0-2 hole for the second time in as many nights, the Nighthawks tried valiantly to pull themselves back up. Hitting .375 in the third set alone, Sayne notched four kills on eight attempts while Powell led the way with a set-high five kills but the Mountaineers were able to seal the deal. First year Alonzo Wright (Chula Vista, Calif.) and sophomore Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) paced the Southern Vermont offense with a team-high three kills while Barahona recorded a .667 hitting percentage to take game three 25-18.
Registering his fifth double-double of the season, Powell led Newbury with a match-high 18 kills on 46 attempts with 15 defensive digs while Sayne recorded a .400 attack percentage following up with 12 kills on 20 attempts and just four errors.
Newbury drops to 7-12 and 4-6 in NECC action while Southern Vermont improves to 7-13 and 4-5 in the conference. The Nighthawks look to return to their winning ways, when they return to the hard-court on Wednesday April 3rd for a 7:00 p.m. tilt against Regis College.