Nighthawks Swept in Straight Sets at Eastern Nazarene

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

QUINCY, Mass. - The Eastern Nazarene College Lions had four players with at least five kills as ENC rattled off a 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-19, 25-17) over the Newbury Nighthawks on Thursday evening at the Lahue Physical Education Center.

The Lions elevate to 11-12 on the season and 6-4 in the New England Collegiate Conference with the win. The Nighthawks dive to 6-14 overall and 5-5 in league competition with the outcome.

James Hoopes (Lenexa, Kan.) posted a team-high eight kills and added three blocks for the Lions. Arthur Kossoski (Malden, Mass.) notched seven kills and eight digs. Brock Pease (Marshfield, Mass.) registered 10 digs and five kills. Brandon Jenkins (Norton, Mass.) finished with 24 assists and 10 digs.

Nighthawks freshman Pedro Juan De Jesus (East Hartford, Conn.) paced Newbury with six kills and 13 digs while sophomore Jeremias Soto (Lawrence, Mass.) chipped in with 14 digs and 12 assists.

The home side established a 1-0 edge after capturing the opening frame 25-13. ENC hit .344 in the opening set with 14 total team kills in the opening set win.

Eastern Nazarene widened the margin to 2-0 with a 25-19 decision in the second set. The Lions used an 11-1 run in the middle of the set to create the margin of victory.

The Lions topped the Nighthawks 25-17 in the third to clinch their third victory in a row. ENC finished with 11 total team kills and used a 7-1 scoring run en route to the straight sets victory.

The Nighthawks are back in action on Saturday as they travel to the No. 13 Elms Blazers for a 1:00 p.m. match.

Portions of this release courtesy Eastern Nazarene Athletics.