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Nighthawks Tie at Inaugural Hildebrandt Tournament
Along with Suffolk University and Bard College, the Newbury College women's volleyball team finished the inaugural David Hildebrandt Memorial Invitational tied with a 2-1 record. Junior outside hitter Jessy Touron (Brockton, Mass.) led the All-Tournament Team registering 19 kills with 37 digs, seven service aces and two block assists.
Newbury 3, Johnson State 0
The Nighthawks opened up the four-team tournament with a 3-0 shut-out over Johnson State late Friday afternoon with set scores of 25-7, 25-8 and 25-9. Reigning New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week Sydney Fish (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was nearly flawless from the field, recording eight kills on 11 attempts for an outstanding .727 attack percentage. Senior Sarah Young (Waterloo, N.Y.) nearly registered a double-double in the victory notching eight service aces in addition to tallying 10 assists.
Johnson State first year Andrea Williams (Thorborn, Nova Scotia, Canada) and junior Emily Himberg (Willston, Vt.) led the Badgers registering two kills with three defensive digs in the loss.
Suffolk University 3, Johnson State 0
In the second game of the night, neighboring, Suffolk University downed Johnson State by a final score of 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-13). Senior middle hitter Hannah Davis (Haverhill, Mass.) was also nearly flawless against the Badger tallying six kills on nine attempts for a .667 hitting percentage while teammate senior middle hitter Tori Brillaud (North Andover, Mass.) recorded eight defensive digs to go along with her five kills and five service aces.
Suffolk University 3, Bard 2
After the winning the first set of the final match of the tournament with ease, 25-14, Suffolk quickly faced elimination as Bard edged out the Rams in the second and third sets by scores of 27-25 and 25-22, respectively. However, the Rams were not going away quietly as All-Tournament Team honoree, Brillaud paved the way to comeback victory notching 11 kills and 11 defensive digs.
Bard College first year outside hitter Tytravia Riley (Miami, Fla.) led the way for the Raptors tallying a match-high 12 kills on 37 attempts while All-Tournament Team junior Mai Aurell-Foulser (New York, N.Y.) contributed a match-high 18 digs in the loss.
Newbury 3, Suffolk 1
In the first game of day two of the tournament, the Nighthawks source of offense came from up-and-down their line-up as they held off a late comeback attempt from the Rams with a 3-1 victory. First year middle hitter Taylor Doolittle (Barneveld, N.Y.) and senior outside hitter Sara Hanna (Center Moriches, N.Y.) came out strong in the first set while Fish led the way notching her second double-double of the season, recording a match-high 11 kills and 13 defensive digs.
Brillaud came within a kill of her second double-double of the tournament tallying nine kills with 12 digs to finish the two-day tournament with 25 kills, 31 digs and seven service aces.
Bard 3, Johnson State 0
Riley paved the way to Bard's first victory of the tournament with a team-high six kills on 13 attempts for a remarkable .308 hitting percentage in a 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-14) victory. Aurell-Foulser led the Raptors with a team-high seven digs while sophomore setter Lexi Cooper (Round Rock, Texas) notched 16 assists. Johnson State senior Kyle VanEtten (Montrose, Pa.) earned All-Tournament Team as she led the Badgers with three kills and five digs in the loss.
Bard 3, Newbury 2
Despite notching a career match-high 17 kills and her third double-double of the season (10 digs), Fish and the Nighthawks were unable to stave off a five-set comeback by the Raptors, falling 3-2. Riley led the Bard offense tallying a team-high 12 kills while Aurell-Foulser contributed five services and played outstanding defense with 13 defensive digs.
At 4-2 on the season, the Nighthawks return to hard-court on Wednesday September 12th when they travel to the South Shore for a 7:00 p.m. tilt against non-conference Eastern Nazarene College.
David Hildebrandt Invitational All-Tournament Team
Jessy Touron, Newbury – OH
Tori Brillaud, Suffolk – MH
Mai Aurell-Foulser, Bard – OH
Kyle VanEtten, Johnson State – S