WESTON, Mass. - A few points here and there late in the last three sets were the difference in the match between the Becker College volleyball team and Regis (Mass.) College. The Hawks dropped a 3-1 (19-25, 25-33, 25-23, 25-22) decision on Tuesday.
The loss dropped Becker to 2-3 in the New England Collegiate Conference and 10-13 overall. The Pride improved to 5-0 in the league and 16-10 overall.
As to be expected in a close match, the two teams were nearly deadlocked statically. The biggest difference came in the kills department where the Pride had a 44-to-35 advantage.
Leading Becker offensively was junior Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) with 12 kills and three blocks. Three Hawks reached double-digit kills, led by setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) who had a match-highs of 18 digs and 21 assists for her third double-double of the year. Also notching double digit digs was libero Brittney Bullis (Stafford, Va.) at 17 and freshman Erin Sacharanski (Union Beach, NJ) with 10 more.
Becker jumped out to a 17-13 lead in the first set, but allowed Regis to pull within in 20-19. From there, the pressure from Bullis' serve forced the Pride to four errors as the Hawks finished on a 5-0 run to win the set. Down 19-13 in the second set, the Hawks clawed to within 24-23, but committed a service error on set point.
After Becker rallied from a 15-12 deficit, the third set featured six ties and four lead changes. The Hawks tied the set at 23-23 but couldn't close the last few points. A one-point margin (7-6) in the fourth set quickly turned into 16-8 in the host's favor which it maintained until 24-15. Turner then went on a six-point run to pull Becker within 24-22 before Regis closed out the match with a kill.
The Hawks play their last non-conference match of the year when they travel to Curry for a 6 p.m. game on Thursday.