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Mustangs Split Tri-Match at Newbury, Tie Wins Record

Mustangs Split Tri-Match at Newbury, Tie Wins Record

CHESTNUT Hill, Mass. -- With a 3-0 win over Newbury College in the second half of their non-conference tri-match on Saturday afternoon, Mount Ida College men's volleyball collected their tenth victory of the season, tying the program record set in 2010.

The Mustangs (10-8) beat the host Nighthwaks 31-29, 25-19, 25-20 for their second win over Newbury this season, salvaging a split on the afternon after they fell to Regis College 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-15) in the neutral site match of the day.

Match Two: Regis 3 – Mt. Ida 0

Regis' Sean Bisnett (Oxnard, Calif.) remained hot in the second match of the day for the Pride, finishing the match with a match-high 13 kills, while hitting .550, in the Pride's 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-15) victory over the Mustangs. The win gave the Pride the sweep of tri-match Saturday.

Brett Krahl (Santa Clarita, Calif.) also kept his impressive day going, adding 10 kills to his total, while hitting .692 from the floor. Senior Joe Hanrahan (Coventry, R.I.) finished with 30 assists and two kills.

Mustang freshman Kevin Vanderhorst (Lawrence, Mass.), senior Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Brett Southworth (Orange, Conn.) all finished with five kills apiece. Sophomore Nathan Sprengle (Williamstown, N.J.) finished with 19 assists.

The opening set was again a good one for the Pride, opening the match by hitting .500 from the floor, tallying 10 kills on 16 attempts en route to the 25-13 first set win.

A closer, more competitive, second set started to tilt in the Pride's favor after five straight points for Regis in the middle of the set to put them ahead 14-10. The Mustangs would put up a fight, getting within three on a handful of occasions, but another five point run would give the Pride enough breathing room. A Krahl kill finished the second set, 25-18.

In the third, the Pride returned to their earlier success, again hitting .500 from the floor in the set, including a match-high 15 total team kills, leading the Pride to the 25-15 third set win and 3-0 match victory.

Game Three: Mt. Ida 3 Newbury 0

Southworth rebounded from his five-kill match against Regis with a match-high 13 kills and 13 digs as the Mustangs took the final match of the day, 3-0 (31-29, 25-19, 25-20), over the Newbury Nighthawks at Pappas Gymnasium.

Griffenkranz added 11 kills for the Mustangs, hitting .208 with two service aces. Kevin Vanderhorst  tallied six kills. Southworth and Griffenkranz had similar success in last week's match vs. the Nighthawks, finishing the Feb. 25 match with 12 and 10 kills, respectively.

Nighthawks freshman Matt Sepe (Cranston, R.I.) finished with a career-high 12 kills in the non-conference match. Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) finished with eight kills and an ace. Oscar Chavez (Independence, Ore.) came through with 18 assists.

An entertaining first set was well within Newbury's control, leading 24-20, looking to close out with three set point chances. The Mustangs held serve on all three chances and had a set point of their own after grabbing a 25-24 edge.

The Nighthawks would hold this time and have two other set point chances in the set. The Mustangs defended a 29-28 point and went on to grab three straight points to steal the set 31-29. The Nighthawks had five set points, the Mustangs had four total set points before converting.

Another close set early on would be blown open thanks in part to a 13-3 run for the Mustangs, helping them to a 20-11 second set lead. The Nighthawks would try and answer, winning four of the next five points, but the Mustangs held on, taking the second set 25-19, finished by a Griffenkranz kill.

In the final set, the Mustangs again found scoring runs to take control of the set. A 6-0 run early put them up three, while a 7-1 run in the middle stages would give them a 21-12 advantage. The Nighthawks would again look for the comeback, winning six of seven points to get within four, but Griffenkranz again silenced the comeback, giving the Mustangs the final set, 25-20.

The pair of losses suffered by the Nighthawks drop them to 3-9 (2-3 NECC). The pair of wins for the Pride bump them up to 9-7 (4-0 NECC). The Mustangs split gets them to 10-8 (1-2 GNAC).

The Nighthawks come back from Spring Break with a March 14 match vs. Ems College at 7:00 p.m. The Pride head from California for a pair of tri-matches in the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational. The Mustangs return to action on March 14 vs. Pine Manor.