Young Guns Power Nighthawks to Non-Conference Victory

Photo by: Katie Collins
Photo by: Katie Collins

BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Newbury College men's volleyball team extends their winning stream to three-games with a 3-0 shut-out of non-conference Albertus Magnus College, Monday evening. First year setter Michael Holihan (Northampton, Pa.) paced the offense with 25 assists to go along with five kills and three total blocks en route to their sixth victory of the season.

Albertus Magnus set the tone, defensively, at the net recording 10 total blocks in the first set. Sophomore middle hitter Joshua Turner (Trumbull, Conn.) led the Falcons with four block assists in the game one but the Nighthawk middle hitters were equally impressive. Sophomore middle hitter Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) and reigning New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) first year, Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.) combined to hit .333 with six kills on nine attempts to take the first set, 25-20.

In game two, the Nighthawks quickly found themselves in an 0-4 hole due, once again, to outstanding defense by the Falcons. Albertus Magnus opened the set with five total blocks and forced first year Head Coach Mark Thomas to call his first time out.

Trailing for the majority of the set and down two late in the set, Holihan ignited a mini 4-0 run with a kill to take the 18-16 advantage. The Nighthawks never looked back as they grabbed the 2-0 match lead taking the second game, 25-21.

Once again down 4-1 early in the third set, the Nighthawks responded with another comeback to slam the door on the Falcons, taking game three with ease, 25-12. Hitting .400 in the game, Robidoux led the way with three kills on five attempts and just one miscue to go along with a block assist.

Albertus Magnus senior outside hitter Glenn Johnson (Newington, Conn.) and junior Justin Tharau (Burlington, Conn.)  led the Falcons notching a team-high five kills. As a team, the Falcons recorded 22 total blocks – 20 assisted, two solo – with Turner leading the charge with eight blocks – seven assisted and one solo.

Newbury climbs back to .500 improving to 6-6 while Albertus Magnus drops to 1-5 on the season. The Nighthawks return to conference action when they travel to Southern Vermont College, Wednesday evening for a 7:00 p.m. tilt with the Mountaineers. The Falcons will also return to GNAC action Wednesday night when they host Emmanuel College at 7:00 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.