WESTON, Mass. – Newbury College defeated Regis College, 3-0, by set scores of 25-8, 25-18, and 25-20 in a New England Collegiate Conference volleyball match on Tuesday night in Weston, Mass. The Pride finishes its season at 1-18 overall and 0-12 in its inaugural season in the NECC. The Nighthawks improve to 8-15 overall and 5-6 in the NECC. Regis honored seniors Andrew Carroll (Natick, Mass.) and Si Pan Leong (Boston, Mass.) in a pregame ceremony as a part of its annual Senior Day.
In the first set, Newbury raced out to an early 7-0 lead, including a pair of Danny Kim (Plainview, N.Y.) kills, before Andrew Carroll's first kill of the day registered the Pride's first point. Carroll's second kill of the day made it a 12-4 game, but the Nighthawks rattled off five-straight points and ended the match on an 8-4 run that sealed game one, 25-8.
Game two started as a back and forth as Regis grabbed its first lead of the day at 3-2 on a kill by Alex Caliendo (Windsor, Conn.), but Newbury responded with 10 of the next 11 points to take a 12-4 lead on another kill from Kim. Si Pan Leong scored back-to-back points on a kill and a service ace to make it 12-6, and Newbury answered again, going on an 8-3 run capped off by a Kim service ace that made it 20-9.
Three-straight errors by the Nighthawks made it a 20-12 game until Jeremy Bergeron (Fitchburg, Mass.) registered a kill to make it 21-12. Newbury had match point at 24-13, and with their backs to the wall, the Pride scored four straight points that prompted a Nighthawk timeout. The break in action set-up Benjamin Weiner's (Barrington, R.I.) kill on a pass from Cody Braden (Fairgrove, Md.) that ended game two, 25-18.
The Pride began the third game on a small 3-0 run as Doug Dunbar (Danvers, Mass.) and Caliendo blocked a pair of Chi Yin Li (Framingham, Mass.) attacks. The Nighthawks recovered, taking a 5-4 lead on a Chris Chin (Brockton, Mass.) kill, and extended their lead to 8-4 on three-straight Pride errors. Regis battled back as Markenson Telfort (Revere, Mass.) registered his first kill of the contest to make it an 11-9 game.
The Nighthawks extended its lead to 18-12, but back-to-back kills from Carroll and Drew Wilder (Brockton, Mass.) followed by a Wilder service ace made it 18-15, prompting a Nighthawk timeout. Out of the stoppage, the Pride added two more quick points on a pair of Newbury errors, but the Nighthawks went on a small 4-1 run that forced Regis to call a timeout. Chris Chin and Justin Franks (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) posted kills to make it 24-18, and the Pride would add two more points before Justin Franks ended the final game with another kill to make it 25-20.
Regis was led by seven kills from Andrew Carroll, who also posted four digs. Si Pan Leong added a pair of kills and a service ace, while David Amicangioli (Belmont, Mass.) handed out 11 assists and also added four digs. Libero Chris Tran (Quincy, Mass.) led the Pride defense with a team-best seven digs.
Newbury was paced by eight kills from Danny Kim and seven kills from Justin Franks. Benjamin Weiner added six kills of his own, while Chi Yin Li and Chris Chin added five kills apiece. Cody Braden handed out a match-best 28 assists, while Chi Yi Lin posted a game-high 11 digs. The Nighthawks registered six total team blocks on the night.
Regis College ends its season at 1-18 overall and 0-12 in the NECC. Newbury continues its push towards the NECC postseason on Thursday night, as the Nighthawks host conference-leading Endicott College in a 7:00 p.m. conference matchup.