BROOKLINE, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College men's volleyball team edged Newbury 3-2 Saturday afternoon on the road.
The Lions improve to 9-12 on the season and 4-4 in the New England Collegiate Conference with the win. The Nighthawks fall to 6-13 overall and 5-4 in league action with the result.
Samuel Cueva (Swampscott, Mass.) racked up a season-high 19 kills to lead the squad. James Hoopes (Lenexa, Kan.) posted nine kills and a pair of blocks. Brandon Jenkins (Norton, Mass.) registered 33 assists, 11 digs, and three total blocks. Sunil Lepcha (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with a team-best 15 digs while Arthur Kossoski (Malden, Mass.) chipped in with 13 digs and four kills.
The visitors captured a 1-0 lead with a 25-22 victory in the first set.
The hosts leveled the match at 1-1 after claiming the second frame 25-23.
Newbury jumped ahead 2-1 with a 25-21 decision in the third set.
Eastern Nazarene battled back to knot the match at 2-2 with a 25-17 win in the fourth.
In the deciding fifth frame, the Lions prevailed 15-6 to snap a two-match skid.
Rory Dobbins paced the Nighthawks with 20 kills and 11 digs while Pedro Juan De Jesus notched 11 kills and 11 digs on the day.
Up next, Eastern Nazarene returns home to host Lesley March 19.