BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks junior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) finished the evening with a game-high 13 kills, while hitting at .706 and five aces, as the Newbury Nighthawks defeated the Lesley Lynx 3-0, for their first win of the conference season in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Senior Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) joined Throne in double-digit kills, recording a career-high 12, while hitting .385. Freshman Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) finished with a career-high 28 assists. Freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) and sophomore Cesar Cruz (Brockton, Mass.) finished with 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
Senior Jason Hulteen (Galena, Ohio) had a strong night for the Lynx, recording 12 kills and nine digs. Junior Karuna Chiemruom (Cranston, R.I.) finished with 13 assists, while Patrick Corcoran (West Hartford, Conn.) finished with eight digs and a game-high two block assists.
The opening set was the best of the season for the Nighthawks, who hit .500 to start the match. Newbury totaled 11 kills in the opening set; a 25-8 win. Thorne had six kills in the opening set.
The second set was a different story for the Lynx, who led by five for much of the first half of the set. The Nighthawks gathered some momentum on a series of three aces to take an 18-17 lead, before three straight points for the Lynx gave them the 20-18 edge. The Nighthawks would settle down, winning seven of the next eight point, due in part to a series of kills and errors, giving them a second set win, 25-21.
The Nighthawks controlled much of the third, going on scoring runs of 6-1 and 4-0 to lead by six for much of the third set. It was the Lynx who fought back on this occasion, pulling to within three at 20-17. Again, the Nighthawks settled down and a final ace from Chavez would give Newbury a 25-19 third set win.
The Nighthawks hit a season-high .250 and matched a season-high with 15 service aces.
The win moves Newbury to 2-5 (1-1 NECC), while the loss bumps the Lynx to 0-11 (0-3 NECC). The Nighthawks return to action on Saturday in a tri-match with Southern Vermont College and Mount Ida College. The Lynx look for their first win of the season next Monday against Regis (Mass.) at 7:00 p.m.