BOSTON, Mass. – Jackson Wiley lit up for 22 kills as the Emerson Men's Volleyball Team split with the visiting Newbury Nighthawks and MIT Engineers. The Lions stepped up to sweep NC 3-0 before MIT fired back with a sweep of their own as Emerson now holds at 2-1 on the year. Newbury on the year fell to 0-2 on the day while MIT started their season 2-0.
The first match on the day pitted the Lions against the visiting Nighthawks where EC dropped a .294 team attack percentage on NC with Jackson Wiley leading the way with three kills. The D stepped up as well in the set with four blocks as Connor Burton did work with a solo block and two block assists as EC took a 25-17 win.
Set two saw Newbury scrap back more with Jake Powell posting five kills to lead the floor, but EC wasn't deterred as they swung .300 in the set with Wiley dropping four more in the set. Jared Gross and Stanson Afoa stepped up on defense as well with five digs each as Emerson took a 25-19 win. The Lions closed it out in three on the Nighthawks as they tore it up with a .393 attack percentage with Wiley setting the pace with six kills. Brendan McGonigle led the way for EC as well with 12 assists as Emerson ripped out a 25-17 win to finish it.
Next up for the Lions was MIT where the Engineers came out swinging with a nasty .483 clip in the set with Paul Stya and Andrew Busse both putting up three kills each to lead MIT. EC stayed in the hunt though with Stanson Afoa putting up four kills of his own while Ben Hillman swing .750 in the set with three kills. The Lions couldn't hold off the MIT attack though, dropping set one 25-17.
The second set proved to be a gritfest though as the Lions forced eight tie scores and four lead changes in the set to push the Engineers to the limit. MIT's Alex Klein led the floor with five kills in the set for an unreal .833 attack percentage. EC's defense kept them in it though with two blocks in the set with Connor Burton putting up a solo and an assist. In the end EC's seven serving errors doomed them though as they fell 25-22.
The third set saw the Lions falter as they couldn't keep up the intensity as the Engineers cranked out a .267 team attack percentage. Alex Klein stepped up again in the set with four kills, but Emerson's Jackson Wiley led the floor with five kills. The Lion offense just couldn't seem to muster up energy though as MIT posted 6.5 team blocks in the set to carry off with the 25-14 win.
The Lions will hit the hardwood again in GNAC conference action as they travel to Wentworth this Wednesday to take on the Leopards at 8 p.m. in Boston, Mass.