BOSTON, Mass. - A pair of matches went against the Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon as they fell to Johnson & Wales (RI) and Wentworth, 3-0, on tri-match Saturday, hosted by Wentworth at the Tansey Gymnasium.
Johnson & Wales vs. Newbury
In the first match against Johnson & Wales, Matthew McCarthy finished the match with a match-high 10 kills and four service aces. Kyle Macknight added seven kills for the Wildcats, who swept the sets, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19.
The Nighthawks and Wildcats were close early in the first set; JWU holding a 12-10 lead. A series of Nighthawk errors would result in five straight points for the Wildcats. The Nighthawks responded with four in a row later in the set to cut the Wildcats lead to 19-16, but the final six points went to JWU, thanks to three straight kills by Zach Turner.
JWU started strong in the second set, opening a 10-1 lead in the early going. A series of Wildcat errors would bring the Nighthawks to within five at one point, but another run in the latter stages for the Wildcats would result in a 21-11 score. The sides traded points to the eventual final kill by Andrew Bueno, giving JWU the second set win.
In the final set, it was the Nighthawks would found themselves in front for much of the early going. However, the turning point came at 17-17, when the Wildcats spun off four straight points to lead 21-17. Newbury responded quickly with a pair but another four straight points gave the win to JWU, 25-19.
Wentworth vs. Newbury
In the second match, the Nighthawks took on arguably their toughest opponent to date, the Wentworth Leopards.
Five Leopards spreaded the offense around for Wentworth in the 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-12) win over the Nighthawks. Scott Skarzynski led the team with eight kills. Ryan Engel and Noah Adelstein each had seven.
It was Sepe who again led the Nighthawks with five kills, Thorne added four kills to the Nighthawks total.
In the opening set, the Nighthawks started strong and back-to-back kills by Sepe had the Nighthawks leading 11-10. The set quickly turned to the Leopards, who ran off 14 of 17 points, including six straight, to seize control 24-14. Newbury scored the next three, but a Brian Drouse kill gave the first set to Wentworth.
In the second, Wentworth controlled from the start, jumping out to a quick 7-1 lead. The teams swapped points for much of the set after that point, with the Nighthawks only able to get within six before the Leopards took off. An Adelstein ace ended the second set, 25-13.
In set three, separate Wentworth runs, one of 7-0 and one of 5-0 would place them firmly in control. A service error by the Nighthawks ended the match, giving the Leopards the 25-12 set win.
The pair of losses sets the Nighthawks back to 1-5 (0-1 NECC). The Nighthawks get back to conference play on Wednesday night as they host Lesley University at 7:00 p.m.