BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Newbury College men's volleyball team swept the season series against Lesley University following a 3-1 victory on Senior Night, Thursday evening. Sophomore middle hitter Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.) registered a career single-game high 22 kills while tallying eight defensive digs.
Trailing by four, 19-15, late in the first set, first year middle hitter Skyelar Whitehead (Belchertown, Mass.) sparked a 4-0 run to tie the game up and swing momentum over to the Nighthawk bench. Junior middle blocker Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) sealed the 25-23 set win rejecting Lynx junior outside hitter Tyler Burns (Newtown, Pa.) to take the 1-0 match advantage.
Newbury did not look back as they jumped out in front by two games with a 25-20 win in the second set. Robidoux remained consistent, leading the Nighthawk offense tallying five kills while Whitehead followed up with two and fellow sophomore, outside hitter Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) was nearly perfect from the floor tallying two kills on three attempts.
However, the Lynx were not going to be denied, managing to squeak out a 25-21 victory in the third set. Senior outside hitter Chris Barletta (Valrico, Fla.) came on strong in game three to give the Lynx a second offensive option leading the team with five kills in the set while Burns added four. Junior middle hitter Pierre St. Simon (Farmingdale, N.Y.) was force at the net recording two total blocks – one solo and one block assist.
In the fourth set, the Nighthawks answered jumping out to an early lead but the pesky Lynx were not going away, clawing their way back to tie up the match at 16. But the Nighthawks responded with a 6-1 run to take a 22-17 lead and never looked back as they went on to take the game and the match, 25-23.
Thorne recorded his first double-double of the season following up Robidoux, notching 10 kills while tallying 12 defensive digs. First year defensive specialist Zach Kaufman (Newton, Mass.) also posted a double-double as he paced the offense with 37 assists to go along with a match-high 18 digs.
Burns led the Lynx registering a double-double of his own, tallying 15 kills and 22 digs. Sophomore setter Karuna Chiemruom (Cranston, R.I.) paced the Lesley offense with 28 assists.
Newbury closes out the season improving to 5-19 and 2-8 in conference play while Lesley drops to 0-17 and 0-9 in NECC action. The Lynx will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to Weston, Mass. to square off against Regis College at 11:00 A.M.