Nashua – Host Daniel Webster saw Ryan Howdeshell (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Charlie Hendrix (Kane'ohe, Haw.) pick up nine kills apiece but the Eagles succumbed to Lasell, 3-0 in the conclusion to the Live Free or Die Invitational Sunday, held in conjunction with Rivier.
Lasell remained perfect on the season improving to 7-0 with the 25-14, 25-15, 25-21 victory after topping Endicott, 3-0 earlier in the day across town at Rivier. DWC moved to 0-3 on the early season.
The day opened at DWC with Johnson & Wales sweeping Newbury, 3-0.
Lasell 3, Daniel Webster 0
Along with Howdeshell and Hendrix, DWC saw five kills from newcomer Tommy Reyes (Providence, R.I.) and the Eagles hit .247 overall. But Lasell countered to hit .304 as a team led by 11 kills from Dan Roffol (Natick, Mass.), while Drew Caruso (Haverhill, Mass.) added nine kills and Tristan Davis (Rochester, N.Y.) chipped in with five.
Howdeshell led DWC with 14 assists and six digs. Andrew Glenn (Westport, Conn.) registered 22 assists for the Lasers.
Johnson & Wales 3, Newbury 0
The Wildcats ran their record to 9-1 with the 25-15, 29-27, 25-22 victory, hitting .204 as a team and were led by 10 kills from Ryan Kennedy (W. Barnstable, Mass.) and eight from Chris Espinola (Derry, N.H.). Kyle Eva (Charlestown, R.I.) chipped in with seven kills while J.J. Bessette (Coventry, R.I.) finished with 33 assists.
Newbury, which hit .086 overall, picked up 12 kills and 11 digs from Danny Tiner (Salem, N.H.), while Chi Yin Li (Framingham, Mass.) posted seven kills and Xavier Brown-Rose (Wilbraham, Mass.) added six. Michael Holihan (Northampton, Penn.) dished out 24 assists, adding four kills.
Newbury had the Wildcats on the ropes in the second set leading 24-21 before JWU rallied to tie and the teams posted two late ties before the Wildcats stole momentum for good with the 29-27 victory.
Daniel Webster is now on the road for the rest of the month of February covering six total matches beginning on Saturday, February 14th at Newbury in their NECC opener at 11:00 a.m. and return home on March 3rd to face NECC foe Lesley.