Scores: Emerson 3, Lesley 0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-9)
MIT 3, Lesley 0 (25-4, 25-7, 25-5)
MIT 3, Emerson 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-12)
Records: Emerson Lions (3-1, 0-0 GNAC); Lesley Lynx (0-4, 0-1 NECC); MIT Engineers (9-3, 0-0 United)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: February 4, 2017
The Lead: Sophomore Win Kittivatcharapong (Bangkok, Thailand) powered out a combined 24 kills and freshman Carl D'Aguiar (Tujunga, Calif.) recorded 17 total digs as the Emerson men's volleyball team split its doubleheader, sweeping visiting Lesley College (3-0) and falling 3-0 to MIT on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
MATCH ONE LEADERS:
- Kittivatcharapong led Emerson with eight kills, while junior Nick Rusk (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) had a match-high 30 assists, sophomore Mark Piorkowski (Montclair, N.J.) had seven aces and D'Aguiar tallied six digs.
- Jason Hulteen tallied a pair of kills and aces for Lesley, while Steven Newman had a team-high three digs and Karuna Chiemruom registered three assists.
MATCH TWO LEADERS:
- Tom Leech led MIT with 10 kills and co-led the defense with Andrew Hall with two block assists, while Michael Kulinski had a match-best 25 helpers, Colton Stearns had six aces and Parker Hall registered eight digs.
- Jacob DiDomenico paced Lesley with a pair of kills, while Chiemruom had three assists and an ace and Hulteen had five digs.
MATCH THREE LEADERS:
- Thomas Nelson paced MIT with 10 kills, while Yize Dong and Skylar Kaufman led the Engineers defense with three blocks each and Suyash Fulay recorded eight digs.
- For Emerson, Kittivatcharapong recorded a match-high 16 kills on 32 swings, while Rusk tallied 27 assists, D'Aguliar registered 11 digs and both freshman John Bucy (McLean, Va.) and Rusk co-led the Lions defense with a pair of blocks each.
HOW IT HAPPENED
MATCH ONE: Emerson 3, Lesley 0
- After Emerson jumped out to a 6-2 advantage over Lesley in the opening set, the Lions never looked back.
- The Lynx managed to cut the Lions lead down to four at 9-5 on a kill by Hulteen before the Lions tacked on the next six points to put the score at 15-5 and went on to cruise to a 25-9 opening set win.
- Emerson pulled out to the 10-3 lead to open the second frame after a pair of aces by Aguiar as Lesley cut the margin to five (15-10). The Lions strung together a 10-1 push to close out the second and seaked the 25-11 win on a swing by Bucy.
- Both Emerson and Lesley were neck-and-neck through the beginning of the final frame at 7-all before the Lions began to pull away.
- The Lions tallied a 9-0 streak to put the score at 16-7 with the Lynx tacking on its final two points as Emerson ballooned its lead to 25-9 and sealed the sweep on a D'Aguiar ace.
MATCH TWO: MIT 3, Lesley 0
- With no errors and a total of 12 kills, MIT racked up a .706 hit percentage to cruise to a 25-4 win in the opening set led by four kills apiece from Tom Leech and Andrew Hall.
- A .261 hit percentage by Lesley in the second frame allowed MIT to cruise to the 25-7 triumph.
- After the Engineers cruised to a 6-0 lead to open the third stanza, MIT only allowed Lesley to register five points within the set to seal the 25-5 win and the 3-0 sweep.
MATCH THREE: MIT 3, Emerson 0
- Emerson held the 3-2 lead over MIT, its only lead of the opening set, before MIT gained control for the remainder of the frame.
- MIT gained its biggest lead of eight after a string of four consecutive points to put the score at 17-9 as Emerson answered with four points of their own to cut the margin to four (17-13).
- The closest the Lions would come to the Engineers would be six (22-16) before MIT grabbed the 25-19 set win.
- MIT built a 6-2 lead over Emerson to start off the second set before Emerson closed the margin to 7-5 on a kill by Piorkowski.
- The Engineers answered with a 7-0 run to up its lead to 14-5 and maintained the nine point lead at 18-9 on a Lions service error.
- Emerson was able to tack six more points onto the board to cut MIT's lead to eight, but the Engineers sealed the 25-15 win on a Steven Timberman kill.
- To being the final stanza, the Lions had the 8-6 advantage over the Engineers before they answered with a 6-0 push to reclaim the 12-8 lead.
- Emerson remained within three at 14-11 on a bad set by MIT, but the Engineers recorded the next 11 of 12 points to close the third set, 25-12, and took the match 3-0.
- Emerson travels to Newbury on Tuesday, February 6 for a match slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.
- Lesley returns home on Monday, February 6 to host Dean College at 8:00 p.m.
- MIT heads to Nazareth College for a tri-match against United Conference foe, Nazareth, at 12:00 p.m. and Bard College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11.
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