BROOKLINE, Mass. –Pine Manor College women's volleyball dropped a 3-0 decision to local rival Newbury College on Tuesday evening. The win, the third consecutive for the Nighthawks, helps Newbury improve to 9-6.
PMC sophomore Susan Le (Lowell, Mass.) registered a match-high 10 kills. Ashley Whiteshield (Seward, Alaska) dished out 15 assists and Destiny Mann (Orlando, Fla) added nine digs for the Gators, who fall to 4-12 on the season.
Newbury first year outside hitter Maya Umoren (Quincy, Mass.) led the Nighthawk offense registering a team-high eight kills on 16 attempts for a .438 attack percentage.
Newbury jumped out in front early behind strong front-line presence of Umoren and sophomores Kataya Sykes(Brockton, Mass.) and Courtney Banks (Corona, Calif.). Umoren was nearly perfect from the floor, recording three kills on four attempts while Banks notched three kills of her own to guide the Nighthawks to the 25-15 first set victory.
Umoren and sophomore middle hitter Kylie Kowalski (Wrightstown, N.J.) set the tone of game two early, opening the second set, teaming together to reject an attack attempt by Mann. The Nighthawks did not look back and continued to keep their foot on the accelerator as Sykes led the way to the 25-16 win hitting .500 with three kills on six attempts to give Newbury the 2-0 advantage.
The Nighthawks withstood an early Gator comeback at the start of the third set but it was not enough as Banks and Kowalski sealed the deal with a 25-15 third set win. The duo were perfect from the floor, combining to record five kills on five attempts while Kowalski recorded a solo block in the process.
Pine Manor will now look ahead to a Saturday tri-match, as the Gators will host Curry and Mass. Maritime at Brunelli Court. The Nighthawks return to the court this weekend when they open New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, hosting Bay Path University at 12:00 p.m.