BOSTON, Mass. –Alex Frapech and Jackson Wiley combined for 37 kills on the night as the Emerson Men's Volleyball Team fell in a five set heartbreaker to JWU. The Lions fell 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 24-26 and 15-13 to move to 10-15 on the year and 4-8 in conference play as JWU improves to 12-16 and 7-5 in the GNAC.
Set one saw the Lions shake off an early JWU surge to force six tie scores and two lead changes after Connor Burton stepped in to serve six straight points as EC went on a tear to take the lead at 19-18. Jackson Wiley went off for five kills in the set to lead the floor with a phenomenal .833 average as EC took the first game 25-21.
Game two saw the Lions have to scrap more as JWU pulled ahead early again 10-6. The Lions pushed back to tie it at 14 all, but JWU started to piece it together, hitting .222 as a team in the set and spreading the offense. Two Wildcats and two Lions in the set each floored three, but it was unforced errors that made the difference as EC's eight attack errors let JWU tie it up 25-19.
Set three was all JWU as they ripped a .333 average as a team with Don Dias throwing down five for a .667 average. The Lions tried to get to get back into the swing of things with four kills from Alex Frapech, but three JWU blocks was too much for EC to handle as JWU took it 25-21.
Set four was won by pure heart by the Lions as they came out to grab a lead, but JWU wasn't about to lay down as they forced eight tie scores and three lead changes to send it to extra points. Freshmen Jackson Wiley and Alex Frapech stepped up to lead EC with six and five kills respectively. The split setter system worked as well with Stephen Carr and Brendan McGonigle teaming up for 14 assists to win it 26-24.
In the finale it was to the wire as both teams battled back and forth knotting it up six times in the set with the lead changing hands four times. Both teams were swinging hot in the set to keep the pressure on, but Matt Jenkins of JWU helped lead the way with five kills as the Wildcats held on long enough for the 15-13 win.
Emerson will close out their regular season on Saturday as they set to host Rivier and Mount Ida in a tri-match. They'll face the Raiders at 10 a.m. and Mustangs at 2 p.m. in Boston at Emerson's Brown-Plofker Gym.