BROOKLINE, Mass. – Daniel Webster earned a tri-match split including improving to 3-1 in NECC play with a 3-0 sweep of host Newbury on Saturday. The Eagles followed with a 3-1 setback to Wentworth.
Daniel Webster 3, Newbury 0
Daniel Webster (8-9, 3-1 NECC) hit a staggering .447 as a team to take the first match of the day, sweeping Newbury in three sets, 3-0. First year middle hitter Saunoa Afoa (Las Vegas, Nev.) notched a match-high 13 kills on 20 attempts with just one error for a .600 attack percentage.
Afoa set the tone of the game early, notching seven kills on 10 attempts as the Eagles edged out the Nighthawks 25-20 in the first set. Daniel Webster did not look behind as taking the second with ease, 25-10, behind a monster solo block from Afoa midway through the game. The Las Vegas native remained consistent in the third game, posting three kills on five attempts in a 25-14 third set win.
Thorne led the Nighthawks registering a season-best .545 hitting percentage six on 11 attempts. Classmates, right side hitter Xavier Brown-Rose (Wilbraham, Mass.) and middle hitter Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.) were right behind him with five kills each.
Wentworth 3, Daniel Webster 1
In the second match of the day, Wentworth Institute of Technology overcame an 0-1 hole to knock off Daniel Webster in three sets, 3-1, to earn their ninth victory of the year. Sophomore opposite hitter Jon Roat(Macedon, N.Y.) led three Leopards in double figures tallying a match-high 13 kills on 23 attempts with just three errors for a .435 attack percentage.
The Eagles came out strong in their second match of the day. Senior Ryan Howdeshell (Fairbanks, Alaska) was nearly perfect from the floor in the first set, registering six kills on eight attempts as the Eagles jumped out to the early, 1-0, taking the first set, 25-21.
However, the lead was short-lived as the Leopards answered. Roat was a perfect five-for-five as Wentworth evened up the match taking the second set in commanding fashion, 25-13. They did not look back as they knocked off the Eagles, 25-23 and 25-16 in the third and fourth sets, respectively.
Sophomore middle hitter Ollie Oshman (Pennington, N.J.) and sophomore outside hitter Sean Mullen(Longwood, Fla.) rounded out the Leopards in double-figures with 10 kills each. Oshman was nearly perfect, posting a .692 attack percentage with 10 kills on 13 attempts and just one miscue.
Howdeshell hit .348 in the match as he led the Eagles with 12 kills on 23 attempts and four errors. Afoa followed up with a .338 attack percentage, rounding out Daniel Webster with 10 kills on 22 attempts.