Nighthawks Split on Tri-Match Saturday, Secure First Win of 2018

Nighthawks Split on Tri-Match Saturday, Secure First Win of 2018

Match One: Mount Holyoke 3 - Newbury 0

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Mount Holyoke College volleyball team posted a tri-match sweep on Saturday, recording 3-0 scores against Newbury College and Pratt Institute at the Howard Gym. With the victories, the Lyons move to 4-1 on the season. Newbury is now 2-1, while Pratt moved to 1-4.

In the opening contest, the Lyons posted a 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 win over Newbury. Holding a 2-0 set lead, MHC trailed early but rallied behind runs of 6-0 and 5-0 to boast a 12-5 lead in the final set. Newbury edged back into the set behind several errors and a kill from rookie setter Halie Sanders (McDonough, Ga./Luella) to make it 15-13, but another 7-0 run, which included four service aces from sophomore setter Brayden Walden (McKinney, Texas/McKinney North) helped seal the match victory down the stretch for MHC.

The Lyons were led by a 10-kill effort from senior captain Jamesa Allen(Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona), who also added a block assist and a .533 hitting percentage after posting just two errors. Junior middle hitter Sasha Simine (Kitchener, Ont./Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute) added nine kills and one error for a .444 percentage. She also had five block assists and a service ace. Senior captain Sarah Caggiano(Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) had a match-best five aces and 10 digs to go along with seven kills, while Walden had 18 assists, a match-high five aces and four digs.

For the Nighthawks, first-year Natalia Ortiz Arce (Humacao, P.R./Colegio San Antonio Abad) had seven kills and six digs. First-year defensive specialist Sophia Ortiz (Arlington, Tenn./Arlington) added a match-best 10 digs, while Sanders had five kills, a match-high 21 assists, a service ace, and nine digs.

Match one story courtesy Mount Holyoke College Athletic Department


Match Two: Newbury 3 - Pratt 0

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - In the Nighthawks second match of the afternoon, a complete and offensively balanced approach led to the Nighthawks first win of the season, 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-15) over the Pratt Institute on Saturday afternoon at Howard Gymnasium.

Nighthawks freshman Natalia Ortiz Arce (Humacao, P.R.) led the Nighthawks with six kills. Sophomores Ruby Bryant (New Haven, Conn.) and Monica Bolduk (Vernon, Conn.) each had five kills. Freshman Amanda Payne (Millis, Mass.) added a career-high 19 digs.

Cannoneers sophomore Emelin Mikelic (Grand Rapids, Mich.) finished with a match-high nine kills.

In the opening set, neither side held more than a four-point advantage. Pratt had two chances to win the set but the Nighthawks held off the set points and were able to take advantage of two Cannoneer mistakes to win the first set 28-26.

The second set, much like the first, was close from beginning to end. The Nighthawks held off a late charge by Pratt and Ortiz Arce was able to finish the set with a kill, giving the Nighthawks a 25-22 set win.

In the final set, the Nighthawks broke away, winning 14 of the first 18 points to lead 14-4. Newbury continued to dominate in the third and Bolduk finished the match with a kill and a straight sets win, securing the first win of the season for the Nighthawks

As for the balanced Newbury attack, all seven Nighthawks who played in the match had at least two kills. 

Newbury moves to 1-2 and continues their season on Tuesday at Albertus Magnus for a 7:00 p.m. match