Women's Volleyball: Eagles Swept By Newbury
- Courtesy Newbury Sports Information -
For the first time in four years, the Newbury College women's volleyball team swept Daniel Webster College, 3-0, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, Wednesday evening in Brookline, Mass. Never beating the Eagles in her four years at Newbury, senior outside hitter Tricia Corriveau (Coventry, R.I.) led the charge registering an impressive, match-high, .583 hitting percentage.
Down by four to start the match, Newbury was resilient, storming their way back to cruise to take the first set 25-15. Corriveau and junior right side hitter Sara Hanna (Center Moriches, N.Y.) were near perfect, each registering a .600 attack percentage, tallying three kills on five attempts.
It was like déjà vu as the second set started the same way game one began. The Eagles jumped out to the quick, 4-0, lead but the Nighthawks caught fire once again, battling their way back. After freshman middle blocker Sydney Fish's (Kalamazoo, Mich.) second kill of the set gave the Nighthawks the 19-18 lead; it appeared as if momentum was changing addresses.
Newbury looked to be in the driver's seat but looks can be deceiving as Daniel Webster mounted their way back and tied up the score at 24. Corriveau and junior setter Regina Sibilia (Agawam, Mass.) preserved the shut-out opportunity with kill and a service ace, respectively, to seal the 26-24 game two victory.
The Nighthawks slammed the door on the Eagles in game three, despite falling down 2-0 to begin the set, building an insurmountable, 18-9, lead behind Corriveau's .400 hitting percentage and Fish's three kills in the set. But Daniel Webster tried valiantly.
On the brink of defeat, trailing 24-14, middle blocker Chelsey Crawford (Westfield, Mass.) was at the service line for the Eagles following a kill by senior Emily Travis (Somerset, Mass.). Crawford opened up an 8-0 run to bring the Eagles back to within two, registering four of five straight service aces. But Fish slammed the door on the Eagles tallying her match-high ninth kill to give Newbury their first victory over Daniel Webster in four years.
The victory catapaults Newbury into second place wit ha 5-1 conference record – 13-14 overall – while Daniel Webster falls to 13-7 and 3-2 in the NECC.