Brookline, Mass. – After winning the first set, the Becker College volleyball team couldn't sustain the momentum as it dropped its first New England Collegiate Conference match of the year. The Hawks lost a 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 27-25) decision to Newbury College on Tuesday (October 6).
Becker's record dropped to 7-9 overall, 1-1 in the NECC. The Nighthawks improved to 10-7 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
Continuing a good run during her final season, senior Samantha Caouette (Montague, Mass.) led the Hawks with 11 kills to go along with seven digs. Junior Marissa Turner (Coventry, Mass.) was next with eight kills as well as with seven digs, two aces and two blocks. Freshman Brittney Bullis (Stafford, Va.) notched a season-high 21 digs.
Putting together an all-around good match was setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) at 23 assists, seven kills, nine digs and two aces. Also notching seven kills was freshman Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) and junior Cheyenne Melanson (Sandown, N.H.). Dupree added nine digs and three aces.
Becker had one of its best offensive matches of the year, recording a season-high 43 kills while hitting .168. Unfortunately, the Nighthawks had 56 kills and a .213 hitting percentage. Newbury also had a 73-to-59 advantage in digs.
The first set was closely contested and tied at 20-20. Becker forced Newbury into committing four errors down the stretch to take the first stanza. The Hawks appeared to have the third set in hand with a 17-12 lead, however, the Nighthawks closed on a 13-6 run to win the set. Each team took turns at big runs in the fourth set, with Newbury rallying to even the fourth set at 25-25. An NC ace and kill finished the set and the match.
Becker will try to get back in the win column when they take on crosstown rival Worcester State on Thursday (October 8) at 7 p.m. The Hawks lost to the Lancers, 3-0, during the Worcester City Tournament.