BOSTON, Mass. - The Nighthawks fell twice on tri-match Saturday, hosted by Emerson College. In the Nighthawks opening match, John Jay College took down the Nighthawks 3-1 (22-25, 25-11, 25-18, 25-22) and in Newbury's final match against Emerson, the Nighthawks were swept 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-17).
Match One: John Jay 3 - Newbury 1
Bloodhounds freshman Jose Peralta (Richmond Hill, N.Y.) and senior Juan DeJesus (Ridgewood, N.Y.) each finished with 12 kills helping the John Jay Bloodhounds to a 3-1 win over the Nighthawks in the opening match of tri-match Saturday.
Peralta added 10 digs on the afternoon for John Jay. Sophomore Kellvin Ortiz (Bronx, N.Y) added nine kills while hitting .500 from the floor.
In the opening set, the sides battled to a 14-14 tie but a Nighthawks three-point spurt would give them enough cushion in a 25-22 first set win.
In the second, the Bloodhounds controlled from the opening, bursting out for a 17-4 lead. The Nighthawks would go on a 7-1 run but it came too late as the Bloodhounds finished the set 25-11.
In the third, the Bloodhounds were again out to an early lead of 8-3 but the Nighthawks struck back to get within one at 14-13. John Jay rattled off four straight points to create the distance they needed for a 25-18 third set win.
In the final set, the Nighthawks looked poised to send the match to a fifth set as they hopped out to a 12-5 lead. The Bloodhounds were able to shut the Nighthawks offense off down the stretch, ending the set on an 11-3 run to close out the set 25-22 and the match.
MATCH TWO: Emerson 3, Newbury 0
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Rusk anchored the Lions with 13 kills on 24 swings for hitting percentage of .333 and an additional two aces and 10 digs.
- Cepeda racked up 16 assists and freshman Lucas Raagas (Cambridge, Mass.) registering 14, while Regan and sophomore Diego Garcia (Honolulu, Hi.) each recorded three blocks apiece.
- Pacing Newbury was Joshua Thorne, who had eight kills, one ace and seven digs, along with Jeremias Soto, who had 12 helpers and three blocks.
- Oscar Chavez scooped up nine digs and Rory Dobbins powered out a match-high eight blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE (Emerson 25, Newbury 14)
- Two points separated Emerson and Newbury to begin the first frame with the Lions holding a 9-7 lead and shut down the Nighthawks with the next seven of eight points to push the cushion the seven (16-5).
- Newbury answered Emerson's 7-1 spurt with a 4-0 run of their own and notched four consecutive points to inch within three with the score now at 16-13.
- Despite letting the Nighthawks earn four points back, Rusk contributed a kill and a pair of aces to Emerson's 8-1 run that ultimately sealed the Lions' 25-14 victory in the first stanza.
SET TWO (Emerson 25, Newbury 19)
- Emerson once again jumped out to a quick lead over Newbury at 6-3 and did not let it up as the Lions battled out a 25-19 win over the Nighthawks in the second frame.
SET THREE (Emerson 25, Newbury 17)
- The Lions grabbed the opening 3-0 lead over the Nighthawks before the visitors squared the set at 5-all on a kill from Joshua Thorne.
- Newbury stayed within one of Emerson at 7-6 on a service error before the Lions pieced a 6-2 spurt together and put the margin at five (13-8).
- The five point 15-10 cushion that the Lions' once held diminished and allowed the Nighthawks to get back into the set after allowing the Nighthawks to go on a 5-0 streak and put the score in a 15-all lock behind a trio of Lions errors.
- Emerson produced seven of the set's last eight points with a Newbury attack error locking up the sweep for the Lions.
The Nighthawks fall to 1-8 with the pair of losses and return to play on Wednesday with their New England Collegiate Conference opener, as they welcome Eastern Nazarene at 7:00 p.m.