BROOKLINE, Mass. - Chargers freshman Orlando Plagata (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished the match with team-highs of 13 kills and 15 digs as the Colby-Sawyer College Chargers spoiled Senior Day with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-17, 25-23) win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play.
Before the start of the match, Newbury College honored senior Cesar Cruz (Brockton, Mass.) for his four seasons with the men's volleyball program.
For the Chargers, Plagata hit .211 from the floor and added an ace. Sophomore Nate Trevino (Boerne, Texas) finished with eight kills while freshman AJ Gnieski (Needham, Mass.) added 31 assists. Junior Zach Allen (Candia, N.H.) and freshman Jake Kellogg (South Burlington, Vt.) had four service aces, each.
For Newbury, Cruz finished with two digs and one assist. Sophomore Rory Dobbins (Warwick, R.I.) finished with a match-high 17 kills and hit a blazing .500 from the floor. Sophomore Alvin Fernandes (Taunton, Mass.) and freshman Pedro Juan De Jesus (East Hartford, Conn.) both had seven kills. Sophomore Jeremias Soto (Lawrence, Mass.) had 25 assists and 14 digs.
The opening set was nothing but tight from beginning to end. The Chargers looked to have snatched the set with a 23-20 lead, but Newbury responded with three straight points to tie the set at 23-23. The Nighthawks would go on to defend two set points but an Allen ace would finish the set 27-25 for Colby-Sawyer.
In the second, the Chargers used 13 team kills and a hitting percentage of .385 to win the set 25-17. Colby-Sawyer was ahead 20-10 in the set but the Nighthawks won five straight points to cut the deficit to 20-15. The Chargers were able to steady themselves to win the set.
In the third, the Chargers held off the Nighthawks over the course of the entire set and led 24-19 with numerous match points in their favor. A De Jesus kill and Fernandes ace fended off two match points for a 24-21 Chargers lead. Dobbins and a Chargers error would fend off another pair of match points for a 24-23 score. But, Colby-Sawyer went to Plagata for the game-winning point, winning the set 25-23.
The win moves the Chargers to 8-13 while the Nighthawks fall to 7-16 with the loss.
Newbury returns to play for New England Collegiate Conference action on Tuesday with a 7:00 p.m. match at Nichols.