WESTON, Mass. - Pride senior Sean Bisnett (Oxnard, Calif.) finished with a match-high 15 kills and an impressive hitting percentage of .609, leading the Regis College Pride over the Newbury Nighthawks in straight sets (25-15, 25-14, 25-11) on Tuesday evening at Higgins Court in New England Collegiate Conference action.
Pride junior Marcos Aguirre (Norwalk, Calif.) added 10 kills on 16 attempts. Junior Brett Krahl (Santa Clarita, Calif.) added eight kills for the Pride. Senior Joe Hanrahan (Coventry, R.I.) put up 37 assists.
The Nighthawks' offense was paced by freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.), who finished with a team-high seven kills. Senior Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) added six kills, while junior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) contributed five kills.
The Pride got out to a quick start in the opening set. A kill from Bisnett capped a 10-2 match-opening run. The Nighthawks cut the deficit to seven at 13-6, but could get no closer, as the Pride overtook any Nighthawks momentum for a 25-15 first set victory. As a team, the Pride hit .577 in the opening set.
In the second, an 8-1 run midway through the set was the difference, this time to the tune of 25-14. Bisnett again served as the Pride's spark plug in the set, as the senior capped the run with his third consecutive kill to give the Pride a 10-point advantage.
In the third, with Regis trailing 7-6 in the early stages of the set, Hanrahan stepped to the service line and contributed to a 5-0 run, helping his team go ahead 11-7. A few points later, with the Pride now ahead 12-9, Regis scored nine straight, thanks in part to back-to-back service aces from sophomore Drew Beimel (Redondo Beach, Calif.) to take a 21-9 lead. A Bisnett kill capped off the 25-11 set for the Pride.
The loss drops the Nighthawks to 6-13 (3-7 NECC). The Nighthawks host their final home game in their next match, an April 1 meeting against Pine Manor College scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
Members of the senior class will be congratulated before the contest in recognition of their hard work and commitment over their Newbury careers.
Portions of this release courtesy Regis College Athletics