NEWTON, Mass. - Mustangs junior Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) recorded a double-double effort of 11 kills, 12 digs and two service aces in the Mustangs' 25-22, 25-20, 25-18 win over the visiting Nighthawks on Wednesday evening in non-conference play.
Mustangs freshman Tyler Dorfman (West Hartford, Conn.) collected 10 kills and six digs for the hosts. Freshman Isaac Reed (Keene, N.H.) added seven kills and six digs for Mount Ida, which received seven kills and three digs from sophomore Andre Foster (Davis, Calif.).
Nighthawks freshman Trevor Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) posted seven kills and 12 digs in the setback for Newbury, which received seven kills and five digs from senior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.). Freshman Rory Dobbins (Riverside, R.I.) added five kills for the Nighthawks, who received a combined five kills from freshmen Michael Weston (West Greenwich, Conn.) and Alvin Fernandes(Taunton, Mass.). Freshman Jeremias Soto (Lawrence, Mass.) notched 20 set assists and six digs as well for Newbury, which received 16 digs from sophomore Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.).
In the opening set, the Nighthawks were out fast with an 8-2 run to open the game. The Mustangs slowly crawled back into play, eventually getting the opening set back to a tie at 18-18. From there, a Mustangs 6-2 spurt would give them set point at 24-20. Despite two points from the Nighthawks, a service error would end the set and give the Mustangs the 25-22 set win.
In the second, the majority of the set was played within three points as neither team could break free for momentum. With the match again tied 18-18, a kill and pair of errors would give the Mustangs three straight points to lead 21-18. Time ran out on the Nighthawks potential comeback as Foster capped the set for the Mustangs at 25-20.
The final set was played much like the second set with neither team getting more than a three-point advantage for the majority of the set. The Mustangs led by one, 19-18, and shut the door on the Nighthawks with a 6-0 run to win the final set 25-18. Southworth had a pair of kills in the match-ending run.
The win moves the Mustangs to 6-5, while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 1-6.
Up next for the Nighthawks is a Saturday tri-match hosted by Emerson. The Nighthawks will face the host Lions and also battle against John Jay College with action starting at 1:00 p.m.