JOHNSON, Vt. - After six losses to open the 2019 season, the Nighthawks men's volleyball program swept a pair of matches on Sunday afternoon at Northern Vermont at Johnson State. In addition to the two wins, Newbury picked up a New England Collegiate Conference win over Southern Vermont in the first match of the day, putting them at 2-6 (1-0 NECC) this season.
Match One: Newbury 3 - Southern Vt. 0 (25-15, 25-12, 26-24)
Nighthawks junior Michael Weston (West Greenwich, R.I.) finished with a career-high 10 kills while hitting a career-best .562 from the floor, as the Nighthawks picked up an NECC win and their first win of the season over Southern Vermont in the opening match on tri-match Sunday.
Weston added five digs and two solo blocks on the match. Sophomore Rory Dobbins (Warwick, R.I.) finished with seven kills and seven digs. Sophomore Geral Rivera-Miranda (Everett, Mass.) tied the match-high with 13 digs while sophomore Jeremias Soto (Lawrence, Mass.) had a match-high five aces.
Mountaineers senior Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.) and sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) both finished with six kills.
In the opening set with the match tied 8-8, Newbury seized momentum in the set, going on an 8-1 scoring run to take a 16-9 lead. The Mountaineers pulled within five, but Newbury won the last four points of the set to win the first 25-15.
In the second, the Nighthawks used a scoring run of 11 consecutive points to break open the set and lead 15-5. Soto had all five aces in the 11-0 run. Newbury also closed with the final seven points of the set in the 25-12 win.
The third required a Nighthawks comeback to complete the straight sets sweep. With Southern Vermont leading 22-19, Newbury scored four in a row to erase the deficit and take a 23-22 lead. Weston had two kills in the four-point stretch. Weston would put the match on ice with a pair of kills in the Nighthawks 26-24 set win.
Match Two: Newbury 3 - Northern Vt. at Johnson State 0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-11)
Nighthawks sophomore Rory Dobbins (Warwick, R.I.) matched a career-high with 17 kills as the Nighthawks completed the sweep of Sunday's tri-match with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-11) win over Northern Vermont at Johnson State on Sunday afternoon.
The 17 kills for Dobbins is a career-best in a three-set match. Dobbins also finished with 17 kills in a 3-2 loss at Colby-Sawyer earlier this season. Dobbins finished with three digs, two aces, and hit .438 from the floor. Freshman Pedro Juan De Jesus (East Hartford, Conn.) finished with four kills.
The Badgers were led by Wyatt Moberg (Acton, Mass) who contributed three kills, four assists, and three digs. Randy Willette (Wolfeboro, N.H) recorded a team-high eight digs in the loss.
In the opening set, the Nighthawks seized control with a 10-2 run to open the set to lead by eight. Newbury finished the set with 11 team kills and hit .318 from the floor in their 25-13 set win.
In the second, Newbury used 10 total team kills and a .250 hitting percentage to win the set 25-19.
In the third, the Nighthawks closed the match on a 13-2 run to sweep the match 3-0 and win the set 25-11. The Nighthawks finished the third with 11 total kills and hit .320 from the floor. In total, Dobbins finished with 17 of the Nighthawks 31 total kills.
The Nighthawks continue a long road trip and return to play on Wednesday with a 6:00 p.m. match at Regis College.