BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Newbury College men's volleyball team dropped the season series to Endicott College, 3-1, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, Saturday afternoon. Junior middle blocker Daniel Toth (Vernon, N.J.) registered a .467 attack percentage, tallying nine kills on 15 attempts with just two errors to go along with five total blocks.
Endicott wasted little time jump out to the early one-game lead taking the first set, 25-16. Toth was a best at the net recording two kills and teamed with classmate, setter Cameron Little (San Diego, Calif.) on two block assists en route to the set victory.
The Gull offense came out strong in the second set, hitting .306 as a team led by sophomore middle blocker Ryan Sutherland's (Fairport, N.Y.) .429 attack percentage and three kills on seven attempts. But the Nighthawks were not going to be denied. Senior outside hitter Danny Tiner (Salem, N.H.) posted a solid .375 attack percentage, notching a set-high four kills on eight attempts with just one miscue. It was not enough as Gulls edged their way to the 25-19 victory.
With a two-game led heading into the third set, Endicott appeared to be in full control of earning their 10th victory of the season and remaining perfect in conference action. Toth notched three kills on five attempts while recording three solo blocks. However, looks can be deceiving.
Down four, 19-15 late in the set, the Nighthawks mounted a 5-0 run to take the one-point advantage as the winds of momentum shift in the direction of the Nighthawks. First years middle hitter Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.) and outside hitter Xavier Brown-Rose (Wilbraham, Mass.) combined to notch five kills on seven attempts for a .571 attack percentage en route to the 26-24 victory and get on the scoreboard.
However, the Gull offense returned to form in the fourth set, registering a staggering .424 attack percentage as a team. Sutherland was perfect from the floor offensively, tallying three kills on three attempts while dominated on defense with two blocks as Endicott took the game and match with the 25-16 victory.
Newbury drops to 6-9 and 4-3 in the conference while Endicott remains undefeated in NECC action, improving to 9-0 and 10-10 overall. The Nighthawks return to action Tuesday March 17th when they travel to Daniel Webster College looking to complete the season sweep of the Eagles at 7:00 p.m. The Gulls will be back in action Wednesday Mrch 25th when they host Lesley University at 7:00 p.m.