Men's Volleyball Split A Pair on Tri-Match Saturday

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks men's volleyball split a pair of games on Saturday afternoon at Pappas Gymnasium, a victory over New England Collegiate Conference for Southern Vermont and a loss to non-conference Mount Ida College. Mount Ida took a pair of wins on Saturday, while the Mountaineers lost their two matches on Saturday.

Game One: Southern Vermont vs. Newbury

Nighthawks junior Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) finished with his first double-double of the season, recording 13 kills and 10 digs in the Nighthawks 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20) victory over NECC rival Southern Vermont College.

Nighthawks freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) added a career-high 10 kills. Freshman Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) also finished with a career-high 37 assists, while hitting .750 in the match.

Mountaineers junior Elmer Olivares (Miami, Fla.) put forth a strong effort, recording a match-high 16 kills. Freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) finished with seven kills, while hitting a team-best .455.

Despite the Mountaineers hitting .316 in the first set and .286 in the second set, both better than the Nighthawks percentages, the two sides were tied at 1-1 after two sets.

The third was a back-and-forth battle as the sides traded points for the majority of the set. With the score tied at 16, the Nighthawks reached the turning point of the set, winning eight of nine points to lead 24-17. The Nighthawks had two aces in the run, Throne had two kills.

In the fourth, the Mountaineers strong serving kept them in the set, trailing 16-14. The Nighthawks would again apply the pressure, winning seven of 10 points to lead 23-17. Senior Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) finished the match with a kill just a few points later.

The Nighthawks finished with a season-best 17 service aces, including four aces for Thorne and freshman Tyler Polite (Cambridge, Mass.)


Game Two: Mount Ida vs. Southern Vermont

Mustangs sophomores Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) and Nate Gyampo (Providence, R.I.) finished with 14 and 12 kills, respectively, in the Mustangs 3-0 (26-24, 25-8, 25-11) victory over Southern Vermont.

Southworth hit .476 in the match, while Gyampo held a kill percentage of .562. Overall, the Mustangs hit .435 in three sets. Sophomore Nathan Sprengle (Williamstown, N.J.) finished with a match-high 42 assists. Southworth also added 10 digs and seven service aces.

Olivares again led the Mountaineers, this time with nine kills, while hitting .316. Freshman Bryan Burnal (Riverside, Calif.) recorded 14 assists.

The opening set started in the Mustangs favor, 12-7, but six of seven points for the Mountaineers would tie the set at 13. The sides would trade points for the set, eventually leading to a 24-24 first set score. A Gyampo kill and Southern Vermont error would give the Mustangs a close first set win.

Mount Ida hit .647 in the second set and .824 in the third in a pair of easy set wins for the Mustangs. The Mustangs scored 15 of 18 in the second set to win 25-8. In the third, a 13-3 run for Mount Ida would help in a 25-11 set win.


Game Three: Mount Ida vs. Newbury

In a repeat performance, Southworth led the Mustangs with 12 kills. Freshman Carter Amadon (Athol, Mass.) and senior Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) finished in double-digit kills with 11 and 10, respectively, in the Mustangs 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) win over the Nighthawks.

Sepe finished with a team-high nine kills, including a four kill stretch in the second set for the Nighthawks. Thorne and Fox finished with seven kills each, while Chavez finished with 21 assists.

A 7-2 stretch in the latter stages of the opening set would put the Mustangs ahead 23-17 in a set that was close thorughout. The Nighthawks fought back to 23-21 on a number of errors by Mount Ida. A Griffenkranz kill and Newbury service error would give the Mustangs the first set, 25-22.

The second, a set even closer and highly contested than the first, looked to be going to Newbury as they clawed to a 20-17 lead. However, three straight, including a pair of kills by sophomore Tyler Shinkle (West Deptford, N.J.), would tie the set at 20. After splitting the next four points to 22-22, the Mustangs would finish the set with the final three point, finished by an Amadon kill, to win the second 25-22.

No team led by more than four in the final set, which was again close for the majority of the contest. With the score at 16-16, the Mustangs won five of seven points to edge ahead 21-18. The Nighthawks would again fight back, holding off match point once, by the final four kills for Mount Ida belonged to Southworth, giving his side the 25-22 third set win.

On the day, the pair of wins moves Mount Ida to 7-5, the split moves Newbury to 3-6, but to 2-1 in NECC, while the losses drop the Mountaineers to 2-11 (0-2 NECC). 

The Nighthawks continue their season on Wednesday at Endicott College at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs carry on with a conference match in the GNAC against Rivier on Tuesday at 6:00. Finally, the Mountaineers play again on Thursday, hosting CCRI at 7:00.