BROOKLINE, Mass. - The Newbury Nighthawks improved to 5-1 in the New England Collegiate Conference following a pair of victories over the Lesley Lynx on Tuesday evening at Pappas Gymnasium in a weekday doubleheader. Both matches finished 3-0 in favor of Newbury.
Match One: Newbury 3 - Lesley 0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-10)
Nighthawks freshman Perdo Juan De Jesus (East Hartford, Conn.) finished with a match-high 11 kills while hitting a spectacular .714 from the floor in the Nighthawks straight sets sweep over the Lesley Lynx in the opening match of the night. All seven players finished with at least one kill in the match.
Newbury sophomore Rory Dobbins (Warwick, R.I.) added six kills on 12 attempts with no errors to hit .500 from the field. Sophomore Alvin Fernandes (Taunton, Mass.) finished with five kills and four aces. Junior Michael Weston (West Greenwich, R.I.) also finished with five kills.
Lynx sophomore Alex Genova (Groton, Conn.) had a team-high six kills to go along with six digs. Sophomore Owen Simpson (Merrimack, N.H.) added two kills on three attempts to hit .667.
The Nighthawks hit .333 from the floor in each of the first two sets, winning them both at 25-10, to lead the match 2-0. In the third, the Nighthawks used 12 team kills on 19 attempts with no errors to hit a match-best .632 while winning the set 25-11 and the match 3-0. The Nighthawks hit .426 in the three-set match.
Match Two: Newbury 3 - Lesley 0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-11)
In the second match, Dobbins led all players with 11 kills while hitting .474. De Jesus added eight more kills to his total while Fernandes went for seven kills and three aces. Senior Cesar Cruz (Brockton, Mass.) had four kills, four aces, and an attack percentage of .571.
For the Lynx, Genova again led the team, this time with five kills. Senior John Gersbeck (Westerly, R.I.) finished with a pair of kills.
The Nighthawks had to work harder in the first two sets, winning the opening pair of sets by the score of 25-17. The third set would again be the best for Newbury in terms of offense as the Nighthawks had 13 team kills and hit .423 from the floor to win the set 25-11 and the match 3-0.
The pair of wins moves the Nighthawks to 6-10 (5-1 NECC) while the losses drop the Lynx to 0-3 (0-3 NECC). The Nighthawks have won three straight and their six wins this season are the most since 2015.
The Nighthawks return to action with a tri-match on Saturday at Pappas Gymnasium. Newbury will start at 11:00 a.m. with a match vs. Nichols College and return at 3:00 p.m. for a match against No. 12 Endicott College. Nichols and Endicott face off at 1:00 p.m.