BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Newbury College men's volleyball fell to Endicott College, 3-0, Tuesday evening. Senior outside hitter John Osborne (Freehold, N.J.) led the Gull offense to their 14th victory of the season posting a .571 attack percentage with a match-high nine kills on 14 attempts and just one error to go along with three service aces.
Endicott wasted little time jumping out in front early, taking the first set, 25-12. Daniel Toth (Glenwood, N.J.) was nearly perfect offensively notching four kills on five attempts while tallying three block assists along with senior outside hitter Cameron Little (San Diego, Calif.).
Momentum remained on the Gulls side throughout the second set. Senior middle blocker Alex Wasik (Milford, Mass.) was flawless from the court notching four kills on four attempts to match Toth, who also tallied four kills in a 25-13 victory to take a 2-0 match advantage heading into the third set.
Trailing by two, the Nighthawks did not back down and jumped out an early 3-0 lead following back-to-back kills by sophomores, Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) and Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.). The Nighthawks held the lead for the majority of the set and looked to take the game facing set-point, 24-21, late in the set.
With their backs against the wall, senior outside hitter Chandler Tayek (Rolling Hills Estastes, Calif.) ignited a 6-1 run with one of three kills during the stretch run as the Gulls pulled grabbed their 14th victory of the season.
Robidoux led the Nighthawks notching a team-high seven kills and six defensive digs. First year middle hitter Skyelar Whitehead (Belchertown, Mass.) followed up with four kills while fellow first year Zach Kaufman (Newton, Mass.) paced the Nighthawk offense with 16 assists.
Toth finished the night with eight kills on 11 attempts with just one error while Wasik was nearly perfect in the game tallying five kills on six attempts with just one miscue for a solid .667 attack percentage.
Newbury drops to 4-19 and 1-8 in conference play while Endicott improves to 14-9 and 8-1 in the NECC. The Nighthawks return to the hard-court on Thursday March 31st when they host Lesley University on Senior Night at 7:00 p.m. The Gulls will also be in action Thursday evening hosting MIT at 6:00 p.m. in Beverly.