NEWTON, Mass. – The Newbury College men's volleyball team picked up their first win of the 2015 season with a 3-1 comeback victory over non-conference Mount Ida College, Thursday afternoon. First year middle hitter Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.) was flawless from the floor registering nine kills on 16 attempts for an outstanding .562 attack percentage.
Mount Ida jumped on top early taking a 1-0 match advantage following a 25-20 win in the first set. Mustangs looked poised to take a two-game lead up 21-17 late in the second set but senior Danny Tiner (Salem, N.H.) capped off an 8-0 run to tie up the contest at 1-1. Fellow senior outside hitter Chi Yin Li (Framingham, Mass.) recorded two aces and one kills en route to the victory.
The Nighthawks did not look back and road the momentum train to a 25-23 victory in game three to jump on top, 2-1. As a team, the Nighthawk offense was firing on all cylinders registering a staggering .400 attack percentage as a team, tallying 13 kills on 25 attempts and just three errors. Between the second and third sets, Newbury hit .386 as a team with 26 kills on 57 attempts with only four miscues.
With momentum clearly on the side of the Nighthawks heading into the fourth set, they used it to their advantage grabbing a quick 6-1 lead and forced the Mustangs to call their first time out. Mount Ida battled their way back tying up three times late in the set but it was not enough as the Nighthawks were able to hold on for the 26-24 win to claim the match.
Tiner finished the game with a team-high 12 kills and six digs. Sophomore middle hitter Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) was right behind registering nine kills on 14 attempts and one error for a .571 attack percentage while also dominating defensively at the net, tying his career single-match high with five total blocks – one solo and four assisted.
Mount Ida's James Ames led the way for the Mustangs recording 20 kills on 44 attempts and just seven errors while Peter Griffenkranz followed up with 10 kills. Jimmy Wessel paced the Mustang offense with 32 assists while Dennis Miranda led defensively with 12 digs.
Newbury improves to 1-3 with the victory while Mount Ida falls to 1-6 on the season. The Nighthawks will be back in action Saturday morning for tri-match against MIT and Emerson College in Cambridge, Mass. starting at 10:00 A.M.