Nighthawks Continue Strong Conference Play, Defeat SVC 3-1

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks sophomore Rory Dobbins (Warwick, R.I.) matched a career-high with 17 kills while sophomore Geral Rivera-Miranda (Everett, Mass.) broke a program record with 36 digs, as the Newbury Nighthawks defeated the Southern Vermont Mountaineers 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-14, 25-15) on Friday evening in New England Collegiate Conference play.

It's the fourth time in Dobbins career that he has finished with 17 kills. He finished with a match-best .324 hitting percentage. Rivera-Miranda's 36 digs breaks the record for digs in a match and digs in a four-set match. Freshman Pedro Juan De Jesus (East Hartford, Conn.) added 10 kills. Sophomore Alvin Fernandes (Taunton, Mass.) finished with seven kills, matching his career-high.

Mountaineers junior Hans Resignac (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with a team-high 10 kills and hit .231 from the floor. Sophomore Zach Rogers (North Bennington, Vt.) added five kills and two aces. Freshman Fernando Perez (Azusa, Calif.) finished with 17 digs.

In the opening set, Newbury and Southern Vermont spent the majority of the set jockeying for position, but a 6-1 scoring run would make the difference for the Nighthawks, who went on to win the first set 25-20. Newbury had 10 team kills in the first.

In the second, Newbury looked poised to take a 2-0 game lead, having a 20-13 advantage in the set. However, the Mountaineers used an 8-1 run to tie the set at 21-21. Southern Vermont continued the pressure to come back to take a lead at 24-22. Newbury defended two set points but a Nighthawks service error and Rogers kill would complete the Mountaineers comeback in the set, which they won 26-24.

In the third, the Nighthawks returned to form, breaking out with an 18-7 lead in the set. Southern Vermont started their comeback too late in this set as Newbury took the third 25-14. The Nighthawks finished with 11 team kills in the set.

In the fourth, the Nighthawks charged ahead by winning the first seven points of the set, but Southern Vermont would respond with six-straight points later in the set to trail by one, 13-12. Newbury shut down any thought of a comeback, finishing the set on a 10-1 run on their way to a 25-15 set win. Newbury hit a match-best .217 in the final set.

The win moves the Nighthawks to 4-10 (3-1 NECC) while the loss drops the Mountaineers 3-9 (0-5 NECC).