It's a rematch of the only regular season loss suffered by Newbury as the Nighthawks (12-8, 7-1 NECC) travel to Nashua, N.H. to face the second-seeded Daniel Webster Eagles (21-7, 7-1 NECC) in the semifinals of the NECC Women's Volleyball Tournament.
Senior Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.) had arguably her strongest match of the year, matching a season-high 22 kills, while hitting .583 with just one error, in the Nighthawks 3-0 victory over the Becker College Hawks in the Quarterfinals of the NECC Tournament at Pappas Gymnasium.
Sunday will yield a champion to the NECC Tournament but first the #3 Newbury Nighthawks will kick-off the 2016 NECC Playoffs against the #6 Becker Hawks. Newbury shared the regular-season championship with Daniel Webster and Regis (Mass.), but couldn't catch a break in the tiebreakers for the first round bye.
A three-way tie for the top seeds in the NECC playoffs that came down to Newbury College, Regis (Mass.), and Daniel Webster, was won by the Regis (Mass.) Pride, who earned the first seed through a series of tiebreakers. The Pride finished at 7-1 and look to repeat as NECC Champions.
Senior Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.) registered a double-double of 11 kills and 10 digs, in a balanced attack match for the Nighthawks who defeated the Elms College Blazers 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-12) on Saturday afternoon at Picknelly Arena.
It will be a battle for playoff position as two teams, in a four-way tie for first place, battle when the Newbury Nighthawks (9-8, 5-1 NECC) take on the Lesley Lynx (9-12, 5-1 NECC) on Senior Day at Hellenic College. The Nighthawks have a great chance to improve their odds of earning a first-round bye with a victory on Wednesday.
Only fitting that on Senior Night, the Nighthawks seniors shine, led by Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.) with 15 kills, Kataya Sykes (Brockton, Mass.) with 12 kills and Kylie Kowalski (Columbus, N.J.) with six kills, in the 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) victory over Lesley University on Wednesday night at Pappas Gymnasium.
Nighthawks senior Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.) has been named the Co-Player of the Week in the NECC for the week ending on Oct. 23. The award is Banks second of the season.
A win for either side on Saturday will drastically change the outlook of the NECC as the Newbury Nighthawks (8-8, 4-1 NECC) prepare to take on the Bay Path University Wildcats (8-8, 4-2 NECC) in a conference battle that could decide home-court advantage.