BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss on the road to the Newbury College Nighthawks inside the Winsor School on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays fell 19-25, 22-25, 18-25 in the straight set defeat to drop their overall record to 3-4 on the season. With the victory, Newbury picks up their second straight win and improves to 3-4 on the year.
In the opening set, the Nighthawks came out slow, losing the opening six points to the Blue Jays, including a pair of errors by Newbury and a pair of kills by USJ's Hannah Lemek (Bristol, CT/Bristol Central). Newbury would bounce back though, winning nine of the next 12 points, tying the set at nine. A 7-2 run stretched the Nighthawk lead to 16-11, with help by two kills by Kataya Sykes (Brockton, MA/Brockton). Newbury would close the set out on an attack error by the Blue Jays, taking the first set 25-19.
In set two, the Blue Jays once again jumped out to an early lead before a run of six straight points gave the Nighthawks a 14-11 lead midway through the set. The two teams battled down the stretch of the middle set to a 19-19 tie. Then, two kills by Newbury followed by an ace by the Nighthawks would help capture enough momentum to close out the set 25-22.
In the third and final set, Newbury would again find themselves trailing 7-4. However, another offensive push by the home team, this time of eight straight points, would give the Nighthawks a 12-7 advantage. The Nighthawks and Blue Jays would trade point runs back-and-forth through the final set, with Newbury finishing with the final five points to take the match in straight sets, after a 25-18 third set victory.
For Newbury, senior Courtney Banks (Corona, CA/Centennial) propelled the Nighthawks to victory with a match-high 22 kills and junior Marlen Reynoso (Springdale, AR/Springdale) finished with 32 assists. Defensively, junior Julia Leggett (Longview, WA/R.A. Long) posted 13 digs for the home team.
Freshmen Shytasia Williams (Middletown CT/Mercy) and Jasmine Buckley (Beacon, NY/Beacon) each had six kills for the Blue Jays in the setback. Sophomore setter Brenna Miller (McCleary, WA/Elma) finished with 19 assists and Buckley and freshman Demetria Eiger (Phoenix, AZ/Cactus Shadows) both had 10 digs apiece.
The USJ volleyball team will be back in action next when they return home on Thursday, Sept. 22 for a non-conference matchup with Elms College. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. inside the O'Connell Athletic Center. Newbury next plays at Mount Ida College on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m.