Mount Ida College Athletics

Mustangs Fall to Nighthawks in Non-Conference Tilt

Mustangs Fall to Nighthawks in Non-Conference Tilt

NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida College men's volleyball team dropped their sixth game of the season after winning the first set against the Nighthawks of Newbury College by a final score of 25-20. Newbury had other plans as they rallied to win the next three sets by final scores of 25-21, 25-23, and 26-24. Mount Ida falls to 1-6 overall while Newbury tabs their first win of the season at 1-3.

James Ames (West Hartford, Ct.) led the way for the Mustangs recording 20 kills on 44 attempts and just seven errors while Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) followed up with 10 kills. Jimmy Wessel (DeKalb, Ill.) paced the Mustang offense with 32 assists while Dennis Miranda (Havana, Cuba) led defensively with 12 digs.

Mount Ida jumped on top early taking a 1-0 match advantage following a 25-20 win in the first set. The Mustangs looked poised to take a two-game lead up 21-17 late in the second set but Newbury senior Danny Tiner (Salem, N.H.) capped off an 8-0 run to tie up the contest at 1-1. Fellow Nighthawk outside hitter Chi Yin Li (Framingham, Mass.) recorded two aces and one kill en route to the second set victory.

Newbury never looked back and rode the momentum train to a 25-23 victory in game three to jump on top, 2-1. As a team, the Newbury offense was firing on all cylinders registering a staggering .400 attack percentage as a team, tallying 13 kills on 25 attempts and just three errors. Between the second and third sets, Newbury hit .386 as a team with 26 kills on 57 attempts with only four miscues.

With momentum clearly on the side of the Nighthawks heading into the fourth set, the Nighthawks used it to their advantage grabbing a quick 6-1 lead and forced the Mount Ida to call their first time out. The Mustangs battled their way back tying the score up three times late in the set but it was not enough as Newbury was able to hold on for the 26-24 win to claim the match.

Tiner finished the game with a team-high 12 kills and six digs for Newbury. Sophomore middle hitter Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) was right behind Tiner registering nine kills on 14 attempts and one error for a .571 attack percentage while also dominating defensively at the net, tying his career single-match high with five total blocks – one solo and four assisted.

Mount Ida returns to action on Monday, February 9th, against cross town, GNAC rival Lasell College with game time slated for 6:00 PM inside the Mount Ida College Athletic Center. The Nighthawks will be back in action Saturday morning for tri-match against MIT and Emerson College in Cambridge, Mass. starting at 10:00 A.M. 

Some Content Courtesy of Newbury College Sports Information.