WESTON, Mass. – Regis College dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting Daniel Webster College on Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Conference men's volleyball action in Weston, Mass. The Eagles (10-12, 7-2 NECC) used set scores of 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, and 25-22 in the win over the Pride (10-9, 4-5 NECC).
Sean Bisnett (Oxnard, Calif.) led the Regis attack with 15 kills on the night, while Joe Coye (Plaistow, N.H.) added nine kills and Zach Sindoni (Haverhill, Mass.) had eight of his own. Coye and Sindoni posted four blocks apiece to lead the Regis defense, and Jon Fuentes (Downey, Calif.) led the Crimson and Gold with nine digs and three service aces. Joe Hanrahan (Coventry, R.I.) finished the night with 31 assists.
Daniel Webster was paced by 20 kills, 11 digs, and six total blocks from Joe Walz (East Longmeadow, Mass.). Walz swung .514 on the night as the Eagles hit .303 as a team. Jose Vargas (Lawrence, Mass.) joined Walz in double-digit kills with 15, while Ryan Howedeshell (Faibanks, Alaska) added 12 kills and 10 digs, and Darrien Mason (Farmington, Conn.) had eight kills and four blocks. Ariel Frias (Lawrence, Mass.) handed out a match-high 49 assists.
The Eagles raced out to an 11-6 lead early in the first set following a block by Vargas and Kyle Lovering (Manchester, N.H.) that forced a Regis timeout. The break in action helped as Regis cut the DWC lead to only 13-12 as Jon Fuentes picked up back-to-back service aces. The two teams traded points until late in the set as a kill from Fuentes knotted the score at 20-all. The Eagles ended the game with five-straight points, including three kills from Vargas, to grab an early 1-0 lead in the match with the 25-20 victory.
In the second set, a Darrien Mason kill gave the visitors a 13-9 lead that later expanded to an 18-12 advantage after a Pride blocking error. Regis would answer with five of the next six points to cut the deficit to 19-17 and force a Daniel Webster timeout. Trailing 24-19, Zach Sindoni registered a kill and then served on four-straight points capped off by an ace that made it a 24-23 game, but his next serve sailed wide of its mark as DWC hung on for the 25-23 win.
Game two started out as a back and forth affair as neither team could grab a distinct lead over the other. Bisnett gave the Pride a 16-14 advantage, but Vargas responded for the Eagles to keep it a one point game. Finally, the Pride earned some breathing room, going on a 6-0 run to take a 22-15 lead, and never looked back, making it a 2-1 match with the 25-19 win.
Daniel Webster led early in the fourth game as a Joe Walz kill made it an 11-7 lead for the Eagles. The Pride battled back, scoring four of the next five points to trim the lead to 12-11, and later tied the game at 15-all on a Manny Calderon (Bristol, Conn.) kill. The score was tied as late as 18-18, but a 5-2 spurt for the Eagles forced a Regis timeout with the Pride trailing 23-20. Sindoni nailed a kill to keep Regis within striking distance, and an Eagles error followed to make it a one point game as DWC used a timeout. Walz would have the answer for the Eagles as his 20th kill of the night put DWC on top 24-22, and a Pride attack error wrapped up the game 25-22 and sealed the 3-1 win for Daniel Webster
Both teams are back in action on Saturday afternoon as Regis travels to Elms College for an 11:00 a.m. NECC contest, while Daniel Webster hosts Endicott College at 1:00 p.m. in a league game.