BROOKLINE, Mass. - Lions senior Kenny Sorensen (Quincy, Mass.) finished with a match-high 17 kills, including 14 kills in the final two sets, leading the Eastern Nazarene Lions to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-23) win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Wednesday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Sorensen, the reigning Division III AVCA Player of the Week, also finished with nine digs while hitting .250 from the floor. Sophomore Andrew Jayne (Quincy, Mass.) added 10 kills while hitting a blazing .471 from the floor.
The opening set was all Lions, as they jumped out to a quick 13-4 advantage. Eastern Nazarene ran away with a 25-15 set win hitting .261 from the floor in the opening set.
The second set was a different story as neither team led by more than two all the way up to a 13-13 tie. The Nighthawks looked poised to take the set after winning three straight points on Lions errors to lead 21-17. However, a 6-2 stretch tied the set at 23-23 with Sorensen have three kills in the run. A Nighthawks error gave the Lions set point and Sorensen took advantage, leading the Lions to a 25-23 second set win.
The final set was similar to the second as both teams battled to a 15-15 tie. Three straight points for the Lions were answered by the Nighthawks to bring the set to 18-18, until, once again, the teams were matched 23-23. This time, a Jayne kill and Nighthawks error would end the set, 25-23, giving the Lions the straight sets win.
The victory moves the Lions to 6-6 (1-1 NECC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 1-9 (0-1 NECC).
The Nighthawks head for Southern Vermont on Saturday afternoon to battle the Mountaineers at 1:00 p.m. while the Lions face Endicott on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.