BROOKLINE, Mass. – Junior middle hitter Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.) recorded a career single-match best 30 kills to lead the Nighthawks to the 3-1, comeback victory over Becker College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, Tuesday evening. The Nighthawks improve to 10-7 on the season and 2-0 in conference play while the Hawks drop to 7-9 and 1-1 in the NECC.
The Hawks took the early 1-0 advantage edging out the Nighthawks 25-22 in the first set. Junior middle blocker Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.) recorded three kills and five defensive digs while sophomore setter Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) paced the offense with four assists.
However the Nighthawks answered and swung the winds of momentum over to their side with a commanding 25-17 second set win. Banks recorded three kills while sophomore libero Julia Leggett (Longview, Wash.) registered nine digs to tie up the contest.
Newbury never looked back. Banks stepped on the accelerator notching nine kills on 15 attempts with just two errors for a .467 attack percentage while sophomore setter Marlen Reynoso (Springdale, Ark.) paced the offense with 13 assists to edge past the Hawks, 25-23, in the third set to take at 2-1 match advantage.
Becker made it game in the fourth set but they did not have enough firepower to with stand the Newbury offense. Banks was flawless from the floor tallying eight kills on 15 attempts to hit .533 while recording six digs in the tight two-point, 27-25, set victory.
Sophomore outside hitter Maya Umoren (Quincy, Mass.) hit .318 on the night tallying nine kills on 22 attempts with two errors while classmate Lina Miranda (Brockton, Mass.) also posted nine kills. Reynoso finished the night with 46 assists.
Turner was outstanding at the defensively for the Hawks with two solo blocks while senior outside hitter Samantha Caouette (Montague, Mass.) led the way with 11 kills.
The Nighthawks return to the hard-court this weekend when they host Elms College at 11:00 A.M. The Hawks break from conference play when they host Worcester State University at 7:00 p.m. in Leicester, Mass.